WATCH: 12 Brits held in Magaluf drugs crackdown

A TOTAL of 14 people including 12 Britons have been held in Mallorca on suspicion of selling drugs to holidaymakers in Magaluf.

The arrests came after Spanish police swooped on 12 addresses in Palma and Calvia following a lengthy probe focussed on party strip Punta Ballena.

The sting, referred to by investigators as Operation Tatum, led to the seizure of 3.5 kilos of cocaine, 500 grammes of methamphetamine, an unspecified amount of hashish and €123,000 in cash.

Most of the cocaine was found in a car parked in a Palma garage, with more hidden inside a shoebox.

Detectives say that the group represents the largest network of drug dealers in the Punta Ballena area.

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The drugs were allegedly brought to the island on private leisure boats which went unnoticed among the thousands that visit Mallorca every summer.

They were then stored at different addresses in Palma and Calvia with smaller amounts transported to Magaluf on a daily basis.

The enquiry was launched on the back of Operation Daju, which in June 2016 saw five British and Spanish suspects arrested and five kilos of cocaine seized.

They were known to supply street dealers in Punta Ballena, whereas those held in the latest arrests were targetting nightclub revellers, often while selling entrance tickets.

A Guardia Civil statement confirmed that "of the 14 detainees, 13 were in Mallorca and one in Barcelona who was a link between the Netherlands and Palma, where the middlemen were based, while the ticketing staff distributed the substances to the customers."

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