POLICE are investigating a company in Malaga after finding 1,109 kilos of cocaine hidden in cargo containers.
The drugs, which have now been seized, were discovered concealed among an order of plasterboard panels being shipped from Colombia to the Malaga-based construction company. The tax office, National Police, German customs office and Spanish branch of the American Drug Enforcement Administration began working together in August thanks to a tip off about an international crime organisation.
Their investigations led them to the construction company, whose headquarters are in Seville, and the discovery of the shipment.
Spanish police have been cracking down on drug trafficking across the Costa del Sol. In August the of Estonia’s largest drug trafficking gang in Russia was arrested in Mijas following a joint operation between Spanish and Estonian police.
Three members of the criminal network, named Kemerovo, which operated out of Estonia, were also arrested in Tallinn, under operation Fulcrum-Carinatus.
The Estonian authorities began investigating the gang more than two years ago but stepped up their work after the leader of the Russian criminal world in Estonia was assassinated by an accountant in September 2016, sparking a violent turf war.
Police believe the man arrested in Mijas moved to Spain to avoid falling victim to assassination in the wake of increasing gang violence in Estonia, as well as to establish a power base there for drug trafficking, among other crimes, as well as to launder money.
The Spanish and Estonian authorities soon started working together, investigating Kemerovo’s activities in Spain, ascertaining its leader was issuing orders to gang members in Estonia. Officers searched the man’s house and found accounting documents, hidden cash, computers, an axe and a large knife hidden under his pillow.
The organisation’s other leaders, which include the group’s chief lieutenant, a martial arts expert who recruited “soldiers” to the gang, were arrested in Tallinn. Ten of the “soldiers” have been arrested over the last year and various computers have been seized from their homes.