TWO MEN and two women have been detained for selling drugs in Estepona.
The group, aged between 42 and 79 years’ old, allegedly sold heroin, cocaine, marijuana and hashish from a home in the town where they also allowed buyers to take the narcotics.
Officers began investigating in September following reports of dealing in the area. On searching one property, National Police found 177.8 grams of marijuana, 720 grams of hashish, 0.5 grams of heroin, 62 wraps of cocaine 29 methadone pills. Officers also seized nine sets of scales for weighing the narcotics, one shotgun, two replica pistols, eight weapons, €201 in cash, 16 mobile phones, four televisions, six tablets and four laptops.
Earlier this month, a Spanish was detained in France for smuggling one ton of cannabis from Malaga.
The 35-year-old is being held after his truck was searched by officers in Montmarault near Lyon. Police say he was stopped due to collaboration between the Spanish and French authorities.
Also this month, a man was arrested in Malaga for importing 65 kilos of cocaine. The accused has been handed over to a court in Algeciras and police have not ruled out further arrests after they discovered the drugs at Algeciras port.
Officers from the Tax Agency and Guardia Civil seized the narcotics after becoming suspicious of a shipment. Using a non-intrusive scanner, officers discovered the cocaine had been hidden in eight small metal cylinders covered in lead.
The scanner showed officers the shipment’s contents did not match their description and they began to examine the objects. Looking into the cylinders, they found pills which, when tested, where found to be cocaine.
Police tracked the shipment back to a company on an industrial estate in Malaga and discovered the property did not seem to be used for commercial operations.
Last month, police began investigating another 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.