Europol announces dismantling of cocaine 'super-cartel' in Dubai and Europe

Europol announces the dismantling of a “super-cartel” cocaine in Dubai and Europe

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Police busted a drug 'super-cartel' that controlled around a third of cocaine trafficking in Europe and arrested 49 suspects in various countries including six high-profile ones in Dubai, Europol said on Monday . 

This vast international operation resulted in the seizure of 30 tons of cocaine, with arrests in France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, added in a press release the European Police Office, headquartered in the Netherlands.

“The drug lords, considered high interest targets by Europol, had come together to form what was known as a 'super cartel' which controlled around a third of the cocaine trade in Europe,” according to Europol.

“The scale of cocaine importation into Europe under the control and command of the suspects was massive. And more than 30 tons of drugs were seized by the police during the investigations”, specifies the European agency.

Dubai has arrested two suspects offering “great interest”, linked to the Countries -Bas, two others linked to Spain and two linked to France.

One of the Dutch suspects is an “extremely big fish”, a Europol source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

In addition to the six arrests in Dubai, thirteen people have been arrested. arrested in Spain, six in France and ten in Belgium. At the same time, fourteen people were arrested in 2021 in the Netherlands as part of the same operation, according to this source.

The Dutch prosecutor's office has indicated that it intends to request extradition from the United Arab Emirates of the two Netherlands-linked suspects arrested in Dubai.

One is a 37-year-old man with dual Dutch and Moroccan nationality, accused of importing thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the Netherlands -Bas in 2020 and 2021. The other is a 40-year-old man with dual Dutch and Bosnian nationality, according to the prosecution.

“These are serious criminal offenses related to international traffic drugs, mainly from South America via the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam”, according to a press release from the Dutch prosecutor’s office.