Sunday. 26.06.2022
DRUG TRAFFICKING

Suspected head of drug gang from Germany arrested in Barcelona

At his partner's residence, the investigators discovered lockers with about €250,000 in cash from drug-trafficking profits
Spanish police van and helicopter. Photo: @policia/Twitter.
Spanish police van and helicopter. Photo: @policia/Twitter.

German and Spanish investigators have arrested the suspected head of a drug gang from Dortmund at the airport in Barcelona.

According to a joint statement by the police and the public prosecutor on Tuesday, the 43-year-old from the German state of Baden-Württemberg is accused of importing and trading tons of marijuana.

According to the findings, he organized drug transports to Baden-Württemberg and Hesse, where further arrests were made.

The man had already been identified as the head of the group in 2020 through the evaluation of encrypted mobile phone data.

His accomplices were arrested in October 2020 while transporting 80 kilograms of drugs. Some of them have since been sentenced.

Manhunt

After a Europe-wide manhunt, the alleged gang leader was arrested on 11 May at the airport with forged identity papers. He had given up his residence in Ibiza and went into hiding after the group was discovered.

Nevertheless, he continued to organize weekly transports of marijuana to Germany.

Last week, the 43-year-old was extradited from Spain to Germany. At his partner's residence, the investigators discovered lockers with about €250,000 ($268,150) in cash from drug-trafficking profits.

Suspected head of drug gang from Germany arrested in Barcelona
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