OFFICERS of the National Police and Guardia Civil have arrested 13 members of two criminal organisations allegedly involved in drug trafficking based in Spain but with links to Colombia.
Of those arrested, five were from Galicia and the other eight were Colombians based in the town of Sada in A Coruña and have been under investigation for the past year, especially as the Columbian gang had been known to rob drug dealers around Europe.
The arrests were made when the Colombian group travelled from Madrid to meet the Galicians in Sada and the groups were taken in separate actions whilst en route to their meeting by specialist sections of both forces.
After the arrests, it became clear to the officers from evidence found in their cars that it was the intention of the Colombians to attack the drug buyers and steal their money without any intention of passing over the drugs.
Following the arrests, eight houses were searched and a kilo each of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine were found together with other chemicals, a hand gun, six vehicles, computer equipment and €30,000 in cash which were all seized.
The joint action was very successful from the point of view of the authorities as the Colombian gang had a record of violent theft from other drugs gangs not only throughout Spain but also in the Netherlands where they were accused of shooting and kidnapping.