ONE of Belgium’s most wanted drug traffickers was arrested in Almuñecar, Granada.
The man, 33, was wanted by the Belgian authorities for drug trafficking and belonging to a criminal organisation which shipped large amounts of cocaine from the Port of Amberes and which is also linked to international weapons trafficking.
The investigation began in June when the Belgian authorities issued a search warrant and informed the Guardia Civil that the man was living in a secluded and difficult to access luxury villa in Estepona, Malaga.
In October, a European arrest warrant was issued by the Belgian authorities and the suspects fled the house, which led police to suspect that he had inside information. He had left his daughter with his parents in Estepona.
The Guardia Civil set up surveillance to watch his parents, suspecting that over Christmas, the suspect may attempt to meet his daughter. On December 23, they headed to Granada province and visited a luxury villa in Almuñecar, again in a secluded area which was difficult to access. They set up surveillance at the villa and arrested the suspect when he left the villa on an electric scooter. He did not resist arrest and was taken before the National Court, which ordered he be remanded in prison awaiting extradition to Belgium.
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