24 Britons Held in Ibiza drug raid

By Terrapinzflyer · Sep 8, 2009 · ·
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    Britons held in Ibiza drugs raids

    Twenty-four Britons have been arrested on the Spanish island of Ibiza during a series of drugs raids.

    Police seized large quantities of drugs, including ecstasy and cocaine, as they targeted an alleged organised dealing and distribution network.
    Officers raided a number of properties, including a pub in San Antonio, a town popular with young, British revellers.
    It is alleged the pub was used as a base to sell drugs by members of a gang thought to originate from Liverpool.
    Some of the arrested Britons attended court on Monday pending a decision on charges.
    Local reports said police seized 19,000 ecstasy tablets and significant quantities of other illegal drugs including 3.3lb (1.5kg) of ketamine and 1.1lb (500g) of cocaine and methamphetamine, thought to be crystal meth.
    The suspects were held on Friday as part of Operation Trafalgar, which targets drug traffickers in the west end of "party capital" San Antonio.
    On Monday night the Foreign Office confirmed that a number of Britons were in custody in Ibiza.
    A Spanish police spokesman refused to comment on what he said was an "ongoing operation."

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    Police in Ibiza question 25 Britons suspected of drug dealing

    • Large quantities of drugs and €100,000 in cash seized in raids
    • Group alleged to have sold to holidaymakers in St Antonio

    Twenty-five Britons are being questioned by the Spanish Guardia Civil today on suspicion of selling ecstasy and other drugs to young holidaymakers in Ibiza.

    The suspects, most of them believed to be from Liverpool, were held on Friday after a series of drugs raids in the "party capital" San Antonio. Police seized between 20,000 and 23,000 ecstasy pills, quantities of other drugs including cocaine, ketamine and crystal meth, and €100,000 (£87,000) in cash.

    An investigating judge was expected to begin questioning the alleged dealers today. They are alleged to have spent much of the summer selling drugs to fellow Britons in the notorious West End neighbourhood of discos and other nightspots in the resort of San Antonio, on Ibiza's west coast.

    Those arrested include youngsters allegedly selling the drugs at the entrances to clubs and bars, and older men alleged to be the leaders of the group. Several of those held over the weekend had reportedly been arrested earlier in the summer season.

    Drug-squad detectives have long suspected Liverpool-based gangs of supplying drugs to the young Britons who descend on Ibiza each summer. In 2006 members of a Merseyside gang were involved in a car chase and shoot-out with rivals in a turf war in San Antonio. Two teenage holidaymakers from Belfast were seriously injured when they were caught in the crossfire as two vehicles sped through West End with guns blazing.

    Guardian story

    Helen Carter and agencies
    guardian.co.uk, Monday 7 September 2009 15.19 BST


    Operation Trafalgar sees British drug gang busted in Ibiza
    Spanish police have smashed a drug trafficking ring on the holiday island of Ibiza, arresting 25 British citizens and seizing more than 20,000 ecstasy tablets in a lengthy operation dubbed "Traqfalgar".

    The lengthy police operation, which, ironically, took its name from the famous sea battle in which Admiral Nelson's fleet defeated a combined French and Spanish naval force, dealt a decisive blow to the gangs that have overrun the tourist area of San Antonio on the west of the Balearic Island.
    Following months of surveillance, Spanish police swooped on half a dozen properties in the hills above the resort in a series of dawn raids last Friday.
    Police said they had captured the ring leaders of a drug cartel originating from Liverpool. The gangs are believed to control the distribution of drugs in San Antonio, where tens of thousands of Britons take their holidays each year.
    Police said the majority of the 25 people arrested came from Liverpool. In recent years the beach resort has become plagued with drug traffickers with violence breaking out in a turf war between rival gangs that have resulted in drive-by shootings.
    Alongside the 20,000 doses of the party drug ecstasy, police discovered 2kgs of Ketamine and smaller quantities of cocaine and crystal meth.
    They also seized 100,000 euros (£87,000) in cash and stolen goods.

    Telegraph story

    By Fiona Govan in Madrid
    Published: 6:21PM BST 07 Sep 2009


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