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Cops Bust Drug Gang, Find 28 Pounds of Pink Cocaine and Submachine Gun

Newsweek 8/31/2022 William McGee, Zenger News

Police in Spain have busted a largely British gang with 28 pounds of pink cocaine, half a million dollars in cash, and firearms including a submachine gun.

The mega bust took place across 12 properties on the party island of Ibiza on August 29, with 12 people arrested so far. The suspects are accused of crimes against public health, illicit possession of firearms, and belonging to a criminal organization.

Meanwhile, cops in Colombia arrested two alleged members of the gang after they arrived in the country apparently to negotiate with drug producers. Along with the alleged gang members, police in Spain seized 28 pounds of pink cocaine.

Pink cocaine is the street name for the synthetic psychedelic drug 2C-B and the seizure is the largest of this drug in Spain to date.

Officers also seized 36 pounds of cocaine, 12 pounds of ketamine, and 87,000 tablets of assorted substances.

They confiscated stacks of $439,283, $35,000, and $12,000 in cash, as well as a number of high-end vehicles and luxury watches. In addition to this, police seized three short firearms and a submachine gun with a silencer, all of which were obtained illegally by the gang, and are now considered dismantled.

The raids were planned in cooperation with the U.K.'s National Crime Agency and Interpol. Most of the arrested suspects are of British origin, but police did not reveal their identities.

In a statement obtained by Zenger News on August 30, the Spanish Civil Guard said: "The Civil Guard, within the framework of the VIA FORA operation, developed by the UCO (Central Operative Unit) Group of Teams Against Organized Crime in collaboration with EUROPOL, the British NCA, and the OCN-INTERPOL (Interpol National Headquarters) of the DIJIN (Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol) of the National Police of the Republic of Colombia, has dismantled an international criminal organization based on the island of Ibiza dedicated to the production, importation, and distribution of narcotic substances.

Photo shows the pink cocaine seized by police, undated. Police also seized high-end cars and luxury watches. Zenger © Zenger Photo shows the pink cocaine seized by police, undated. Police also seized high-end cars and luxury watches. Zenger

"Yesterday, the Civil Guard carried out 12 house searches in the localities of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Es Cubells, and Ibiza, which resulted in the arrests so far of a total of 12 people, who are being investigated for crimes against public health, illicit possession of firearms and belonging to a criminal organization.

"In a coordinated manner, members of the National Police of the Republic of Colombia proceeded to arrest two other components of the criminal organization who had recently traveled to Colombia to negotiate the acquisition of large amounts of cocaine.

"In the house searches, 13.25 kilograms of '2C-B' (pink cocaine) were seized, representing the largest seizure of this substance in Spain, in addition to 16.4 kilograms of cocaine, 5.6 kilograms of ketamine, 87,000 individual doses (tablets) of various substances, 439,000 euros in cash, £30,000, $12,000, 10 medium- and high-end vehicles, and several luxury watches.

"Likewise, three short firearms and one submachine gun with a silencer were seized, all of them of illicit origin, which would confirm the extremely violent nature of the now dismantled criminal organization, as they would be used to guarantee the collection of drugs distributed to other organizations, as well as to carry out 'vuelcos' (thefts of drug shipments from other organizations).

"On the other hand, 11 vehicles owned by members of the criminal organization, a large number of mobile phones, computers, and documentation relevant to the investigation have been seized.

"Due to the extreme dangerousness of some of the components of the now dismantled criminal structure, these actions have had the support of the UEI (Special Intervention Unit) and the GAR (Rapid Action Group), in addition to the GRS 2 (Reserve and Security Group) and the USECIC (a rapid-response unit of the Civil Guard) of the Balearic Islands.

"The Civil Guard has also had the support of EUROPOL, the British NCA, and the collaboration of Dutch, Irish, and German authorities."

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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