POLICE have arrested 16 people for their alleged part in a large-scale drug trafficking operation in Malaga.
The gang’s three reported ringleaders are said to have run one of the most dangerous and prolific cartels in the south of Spain.
According to police the three formed a cooperative, working together to buy hashish wholesale at the best market rate, before distributing the drugs equally amongst themselves and selling them through different networks.
The gang allegedly then laundered the money, buying property and high-end cars.
Police began their investigations following a shooting in Malaga around a year ago.
During their enquiries, officers discovered a drugs gang, made up of a, “vast family clan,” was behind the incident.
Further investigations led police to believe one man held overall control of the cartel, while three men ran it.
Officers from the National Police say the cartel worked in a, “very particular,” way, coming together to buy, “a significant amount of drugs within a matter of hours and put them straight on the market.”
A total of 16 people have been arrested for organised crime, drug trafficking, illegal possession of firearms, and money laundering.