Spanish police seize luxury cars and jewels as arrest drug suspect – Reuters

MADRID, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Spanish police said on Friday they had arrested an internationally wanted drug trafficker suspected of using the proceeds from importing tonnes of hashish and cocaine to splash out on luxury cars, yachts and high-end watches.

After a two-year investigation, Moroccan national Fikri Amellah was arrested in a dawn raid on his Barcelona apartment on Tuesday in a joint operation with French and Belgian police, the Guardia Civil police force said.

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MADRID, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Spanish police said on Friday they had arrested an internationally wanted drug trafficker suspected of using the proceeds from importing tonnes of hashish and cocaine to splash out on luxury cars, yachts and high-end watches.

After a two-year investigation, Moroccan national Fikri Amellah was arrested in a dawn raid on his Barcelona apartment on Tuesday in a joint operation with French and Belgian police, the Guardia Civil police force said.

Guardia Civil footage showed heavily armed officers breaking down doors in Barcelona and searching a luxury riverside apartment alleged to be connected to the network.

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Amellah is accused of running one of the largest wholesale hashish operations in Spain and was beginning to muscle in on the more lucrative cocaine trade, the force said, adding that he was suspected of importing 4.3 tonnes of hashish and 1.8 tonnes of cocaine this year.

Members of the Spanish Civil Guard are seen during the raid to arrest internationally wanted drug trafficker Fikri Amellah and 16 people from his network in Barcelona, Spain, December 17, 2021. Guardia Civil-Ministerio del Interior/Handout via REUTERS

Although he lived in a modest apartment in Barcelona’s Poble Sec neighbourhood, police seized around 1 million euros ($1.13 million) in cash, 3 million euros of jewellery and 10 luxury cars.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/spanish-police-seize-luxury-cars-jewels-arrest-drug-suspect-2021-12-17/