Marbella operations center of the Hells Angels drug leader arrested for drug and firearms trafficking – h50 Digital Police

Marbella operations center of the Hells Angels drug leader arrested for drug and firearms trafficking – h50 Digital Police
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A German-Spanish investigation, supported by Europol, focused on a criminal network involved in drug and firearms trafficking. The leader of the network coordinated criminal activities from Spain, where he had established his base.

The investigation, launched in mid-2023 by the Prosecutor General’s Office in Frankfurt, Germany, focused on a criminal network currently called Bandidos. The gang is suspected of trafficking large quantities of cannabis and cocaine from Malaga, Spain, to Germany. The group also smuggled weapons through the same route. The leader of the network, a German citizen living in Spain, is considered a high-value target in this investigation. Investigators from the German Federal Police and the Spanish National Police, working jointly on this case, have identified him as a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Marbella.

During the day of March 21, agents of the Spanish National Police raided the private villa of the leader of the network, as well as his car rental offices. Information exchanged through Europol revealed that Romanian authorities also had an open case against the same individual and, as a result of international cooperation and information sharing, Romania issued a European arrest warrant against him in relation to his domestic case. . Following this court order, Spanish and German agents carried out the day of joint action.

Europol facilitated the exchange of information and provided support during the course of this joint investigation. Europol also provided analysis and and coordinated operational activities. On the day of the action, Europol deployed an expert on the ground to check operational information in real time and provide experts with possible leads.

Financing through EU financial mechanisms

Agents from the Spanish National Police, with the support of Europol, carried out these joint operations in collaboration with Germany and Romania, in line with the EU Security Union Strategy. The EU Strategy for a Security Union focuses on four main points: a future-proof security environment that addresses evolving threats, protects Europeans from terrorism and organized crime, and an ecosystem of strong European security. To achieve these objectives, the European Commission’s DG HOME, EU agencies and dedicated EU funding, including the Internal Security Funds, support EU Member States in tackling criminal threats through operations coordinated actions aimed at criminal networks and their business models. The actions carried out in this framework have received co-financing from the European Union as part of the support provided to EU Member States in the fight against criminal networks that represent the most important threats to the security of EU citizens and of the EU as a whole.

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