Raid against Camorra’s money laundering network in Barcelona

Marta Perez

A Spanish Civil Guard officer (L) escorts a man after he was arrested during the search of coffee shop placed in the ground floor of Italian Consulate in Barcelona, region of Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 05 July 2017. A total of 13 people, including 8 Italian people, were arrested and some 15 raids were held in Barcelona as part of an international operation, coordinated by Europol, against criminal activities linked to Naples' Camorra mafia gang. Several people were detained in Germany and Italy as well.

Raid against Camorra’s money laundering network in Barcelona


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Spanish national and Catalonia’s regional police forces took part in a major international operation against the Italian Camorra syndicate on Wednesday morning, Spanish media report.

The operation was coordinated by Eurojust – the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit – and involved Spanish, German, and Italian authorities.

The police detained twenty individuals for their alleged involvement in a scheme that used a string of hotels, car dealerships, and jewelry shops to launder drug money. The nationality of those arrested was mostly Italian, but there were also Spanish, Colombian, Venezuelan and Chilean nationals. The network operated mostly in Barcelona.

Spain’s central High Court ordered the confiscation of assets worth €5 million, while during the raid officers also discovered and seized 520 kilos of cocaine and 450 kilos of cannabis.

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