Wanted British arms dealer arrested on Costa del Sol

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Wanted British weapons dealer arrested on Costa del Sol
The arrest took place at his home in Estepona

A MAN wanted in the UK for alleged arms trafficking has been arrested by National Police in Estepona, on the Costa del Sol.

Malaga National Police report that the operation, codenamed Ambulance, was carried out simultaneously with the National Crime Agency, allowing the arrests of the gang leader at his home in Estepona and three other people in Manchester.

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When he was arrested, when leaving his home, he was carrying a backpack with almost €44,000.

Searches have been carried out in Estepona and in Manchester, revealing a semi-automatic weapon, €1,600 in cash, 3.2 grammes of cocaine and documents relevant to the investigation.

The detainees have been charged with belonging to a criminal organisation, crimes against public health and illegal weapons trafficking between the UK and Spain.


The detainee in Estepona had a European Arrest Warrant against him from the UK for his alleged involvement in crimes against public order and State Security.

The operation has been ongoing for months, and also resulted in two shipments from Malaga being intercepted by the National Police. They included assault rifles and other types of firearms, 3,000 cartridges, a kilo of cocaine and 180,000GBP in cash.


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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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