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Spain clamps down on the organized crime and concurrently pursues its geopolitical goals. Photo: The CrimeRussia
The Spanish police continue purging the country from criminal ‘authorities’ who have relocated to the Mediterranean from post-Soviet republics. The initially loyal attitude towards the suspicious ‘investors’ turned into large-scale special operations targeting criminal groups. This time, the Spanish authorities attempted to bust Armenian–Georgian ‘mafia’ backed by thieves-in-law from several European countries.
An operation dubbed “KUS” has been carried out in Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia, Albacete, and Granada. In late June, the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan police force) reported as follows: “We are carrying out an operation, jointly with the National Police Corps, against a criminal group of Armenian origin involved into drug trafficking, arms trade, tobacco smuggling, money laundering, corruption in sports bookmaking, and other property crimes committed throughout Europe”. 73 searches and 142 detentions were reported, including 5 arrests of thieves-in-law. Somehow, names of the crowned thieves were not disclosed. Later the Ministry of the Interior of Spain reported that there were two Georgian citizens, born in 1971 and 1974, among the detainees. They are suspected of crimes stipulated in Articles 515 and 301 of the Criminal Code of Spain – membership in a criminal community and money laundering.
Nine firearms, rounds, transportation means, jewelry, contraband cigarettes, drugs, bulletproof vests, equipment for melting precious metals, and some $120 in cash have been seized during the operation.