SPANISH and British police have made several arrests in order to halt the creation of what would have been the largest drug laboratories in Europe.
Police confiscated 15,000 litres of chemical products which allegedly would have been used for the production of amphetamines and ecstasy.
Seven people in Spain, two in France and seven in Britain have been arrested in a cooperative operation involving the UK’s National Crime Agency alongside French and Spain’s National Police.
In Britain, police made arrests after a haul of cannabis, valued at €4.5 million, arrived at the Port of Liverpool from Spain.
National Police identified three of the arrested men as “heavyweights” in a crime ring under surveillance.
A large amount of the chemical products seized by Spanish police were uncovered in two warehouses in Malaga on the Costa del Sol with the remaining chemicals being discovered at Barcelona’s El Prat airport.
Suspicions surrounding the criminal group were first in aroused in May 2017 when an order for industrial machinery with the capability to produce drugs was placed by a known international crime gang known at the time for smuggling cannabis resin.
The National police said in a statement: “The operation, executed in different phases and on an international level, has led to the dismantling of what would have been the largest synthetic drugs lab in our country, with the elaboration of more than 1,000 kilos of amphetamine and ecstasy that would have had a market value of more than €5million (£4.45million). Sixteen people have been arrested in total.”