MÁLAGA – The Guardia Civil police arrested two leaders of the international cocaine trade in Marbella this weekend. The two men come from Belgium and the Netherlands and were arrested in a luxury villa in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in collaboration with the Belgian federal police and the Dutch police. In addition to the arrests in Marbella, house searches with arrests were also made in the Netherlands and Belgium. There is a video at the bottom of this article.
In Marbella the two leaders of an important criminal organization were arrested and two house searches were carried out. In the Netherlands and Belgium, another 8 house searches were carried out and another 7 suspects were arrested. Operation Austral-Coles started in 2020 when the Belgian Federal Police and the Dutch Police, together with the Guardia Civil launched an investigation into an organization responsible for large shipments of cocaine.
In ports of Belgium and the Netherlands, 3,850 kilos of cocaine were seized in four containers that the organization tried to bring in by sea. The criminal organization acquired the drugs in Brazil and arranged for them to be shipped between legal cargo in containers on trucks to the Dutch and Belgian ports. The recipients of the drugs were two Dutch and one Belgian company.
The first of 556 kilograms of cocaine shipments was seized in Brazil on March 13, 2020. It was hidden in a legal shipment of soy flour. Later, on January 26, 2021, 2,300 kilos of cocaine hidden in a legal shipment of coffee beans were seized in the port of Antwerp. And finally, on April 10, 2020, two other shipments of respectively 586 and 409 kilograms were seized in the port of Rotterdam.
The Belgian federal police and the Dutch police after locating the two Belgian and Dutch leaders of the criminal gang in Marbella, contacted the Guardia Civil who took action this weekend. The two were arrested in a luxury home, after which seven other suspects were also arrested in the Netherlands and Belgium.