SPANISH Media have attributed the escalation of violence witnessed this year on the Costa del Sol to the rivalry between new International crime gangs that have expanded their enterprises to the south of Spain.
The number of recorded cases of gang violence on the Costa del Sol has risen this year and has been widely reported across the Spanish and British press.
Incidents involving arson, explosive devices, horrific torture and murder as well as the confiscation of deadly weapons have been tackled by Spanish Police forces on an frequent basis in 2018.
The victims and alleged instigators of the crimes have been Dutch, British, Swedish, French, Croatian and Spanish.
In a move to bring an end to the escalating violence, Spanish Police have installed billboards on the Costa del Sol featuring the mugshots of the most wanted alleged criminals on the coast.
One anonymous police officer told a well-known Spanish media publication the Costa del Sol has become a “melting pot of delinquency”.
The officer alleges that elite narcos and organisation use the Costa to conduct their illegal affairs.
The anonymous police man also claimed the infrastructure on the Costa del Sol is ideal and logistically, perfectly positioned for conducting illegal affairs.
He cited the proximity to Morocco and the presence of an international airport as factors in the criminal’s choice in location.
Police sources on the Costa del Sol have also attributed the rise in gang violence to the influx of cocaine to the Costa, an alleged product of increased narcotics production in Colombia.
Police in Spain are said to be aware of over 100 criminal organisations at present on the Costa del Sol, the majority of which use the black market to attain weaponry.
National Police unit UDYCO have called for tougher policing and the introduction of harsher sentences to control the escalating violence levels on the Costa del Sol.
UDYCO have promised to continue their crackdown on gang crime but fear this year’s violence could be just the start of the coast’s gang troubles.