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€4.6M, 44 People And 650kg Of Marijuana Seized In Huge EUROPOL Drug Bust

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€4.6M, 44 people and 650kg of marijuana seized in huge EUROPOL drug bust Credit: Guardia Civil

The Guardia Civil, in collaboration with EUROPOL and the German police LKA Hamburg, carried out a drug bust on  a powerful criminal organisation that transported large quantities of marijuana to Central Europe.

As a result of the EUROPOL drug bust 44 people have been arrested after 50 house searches and 650 kilograms of marijuana, 51 kilos of hashish, 4.2 million euros in cash, 26 vehicles and weapons have been seized.

Operation SCHULD began at the end of 2021 when the Guardia Civil detected in Malaga a person who had taken over the reins and the leadership in Spain of an important German family clan, based in Hamburg.

The individual was the brother of the former leaders of this clan, who had been imprisoned in Germany for organised crime and drug trafficking.

Now their objective was to rebuild the criminal infrastructure that the organisation had had on the Costa del Sol.

It so happened that those investigated were already known to the Guardia Civil, as this network had already been dismantled in 2018 in Malaga in the so-called operation Carambolas.

In that operation, two agents were seriously injured in Granada after being run over by the drug traffickers when they tried to flee at the time of the arrest.

The investigators identified a person of Moroccan origin, a delegate of the criminal network and a key player in its activity.

Through monitoring, it was found that this person received instructions under supervision from Germany, structuring the different cells of the organisation.

He was also in charge of obtaining the financing and the movement of cash for the development of the transport operations and the regular flow of marijuana and hashish consignments from Spain to Germany.

The organisation was structured in a complex network divided into echelons with a defined criminal role, with a headquarters and leadership exercised from Hamburg (Germany).

Meanwhile, the hashish and marijuana supply network was located in the provinces of Malaga and Granada.

The large amounts of money to pay for the drug consignments were transferred from Germany through the “Hawala” system, using retail businesses linked to people of Asian origin located in the province of Malaga and other residents in Madrid.

Once the money was collected by “couriers”, it was transported in vehicles with sophisticated double bottoms with hydraulic opening until the “payment” of drug consignments was made directly to the “suppliers”.

For the collection and delivery of the money, previously established passwords were used.

Subsequently, the drug consignments hidden in kindergartens were transported weekly to Germany on a regular and constant basis with cover transport companies located in the province of Zaragoza.

For this purpose, they used large international goods trucks or caravans, pretending to be tourist activities.

At the end of last year, several shipments to Europe were intercepted, one in the province of Huesca with 100 kilograms of marijuana and two detainees, and another in Granada with 250 kilos and two more detainees.

Between January and February 2022, investigators focused on finding out payment and financing methods, the organisation’s activity through the “Hawala” system, intercepting up to three “couriers” in Lepe (Huelva), Malaga and Loja (Granada), and seizing an amount of more than 1.1 million euros.

In March 2022, the considered leader of the organisation travelled from Germany to Malaga to give instructions and directly supervise one of the shipments, in which a rented heavy-duty refrigerated lorry was to be used.

His plan was foiled when the lorry was intercepted and its driver, of Polish origin, was arrested at the La Jonquera border crossing (Gerona), 167 kilograms of marijuana hidden in a legal load of oranges being seized.

Shortly afterwards, another caravan chartered by the criminal organisation was intercepted in France, carrying 123 kilograms of marijuana, and two more people were arrested.

The weight of the operation has been carried out by agents belonging to OCON SUR, coordinated with EUROPOL and LKA Hamburg; supported by agents from UCO, CRAIN, UPJZ Cataluña, Guardia Civil Commanders of Málaga, Zaragoza, Huesca, Granada, Huelva and Cádiz; with the participation of the Special Intervention Unit (UEI), Rapid Action Group (GAR) and Reserve and Security Groups (GRS), as well as agents from the Cinological Service.

The news of the EUROPOL drug bust follows reports of Spain’s National Police catching a group of Georgian burglars in Castellon, who were wanted for multiple burglaries ranging from Malaga to Poland, as reported on Thursday, September 8.


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Elated Metal Detectorist Sells Unearthed Portuguese Gold Coin For £16,000

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A metal detectorist who unearthed an old gold coin was over the moon when it sold for £16,000 at an auction in London.

A very happy metal detectorist was celebrating yesterday, Friday, September 30, after an old gold coin he unearthed on a muddy field sold for £16,000 ( approx €18,220). It was initially expected to go for around £30,000 ( approx €34,170) at Noonan’s auction house in London.

Mick Edwards was enjoying a trip away on his 35th wedding anniversary when he decided to take a morning stroll with his metal detector around the fields of the farm they were staying at in Etchilhampton, near the town of Devizes in Wiltshire.

The 62-year-old civil servant from Peterlee, County Durham, explained: “I was staying on the farm near Etchilhampton with my wife after celebrating 35 years of marriage from the day before. I had only found some broken crotal bells, so I walked to the top of the field for a final effort before breakfast, taking just three more steps I received a clear signal which sounded like a large copper coin”.

“I was dumbstruck and just sat looking at the coin unable even to breathe”, he continued. “I could see the cross on the coin and thought it was probably Spanish but later found out it was Portuguese from the Kings name Manuel”. Mick has already agreed to split the proceeds with the Wiltshire landowner.

Mick’s discovery dates to between 1495 and 1521 and is believed to be the first of its kind ever dug up in Britain. A Latin inscription on the gold coin translates as: ‘In this sign shall we conquer’. It weighs around 30 grams and has a diameter of 36mm. The Portuguese coin was buried in about 10 inches of mud when Mick located it.

Nigel Mills, an expert from Noonan’s pointed out:  “In England, at this time, the largest gold coin was a Sovereign which weighed 15.3 grams so this coin is more than double that in weight, so would have had a value greater than two pounds”. The coin is thought to have been part of Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama’s loot from Africa, as reported by metro.co.uk.

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Charles LeClerc Clinches Singapore Grand Prix Pole Position For Ferrari

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Ferrari driver Charles LeClerc has clinched pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc will start from pole position in the Singapore Grand Prix tomorrow, Sunday, October 2. He drove his Ferrari to a stunning fastest lap around the Marina Bay street circuit this evening, Saturday 1. It is his second consecutive pole and the ninth of the season.

“It was really, really special. Every qualifying in street tracks is super on the limit and even more like that when it is damp. But it worked well”, said the Frenchman after the session.

Red Bull’s reigning world champion Max Verstappen looked to be heading for that front-row spot, but a disaster over his car’s fuel supply resulted in the Dutchman finishing in eighth place. On the penultimate lap of today’s Q3 session, he received a message via the team radio instructing him to pit urgently. “I don’t get it. What are you saying?”, Verstappen was heard saying.

He was on-course for an unbelievable lap 😱

Max was unable to fight for pole in Singapore, after being called into the pits to ensure he had enough fuel for a sample after qualifying#SingaporeGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/lUdIsiu5HJ

— Formula 1 (@F1) October 1, 2022

FIA rules state that cars must have a specific amount of fuel remaining after completing the session in order to provide a sample. The cars run with as little fuel as possible allowing them to carry less weight to achieve faster lap times. Verstappen claimed he was unaware of his fuel situation and thought he could steal pole in that final qualifying lap.

“Not enough fuel in the car”, commented Verstappen after the session. “We got a little surprised we had that extra lap but you can track that, you see that coming. That’s why I don’t really understand how that was missed. In hindsight, I should have finished the lap before when they told me to abort to make a gap for the last lap”.

“All this was triggered by Pierre (Gasly) in front of me, which is why I had to create a gap for that final lap, because I was getting close to him. But that’s not an excuse. I cannot see how much fuel is in the car and we have all the sensors in the world to track these things. So, yeah, incredibly frustrating”, he concluded.

A frustrating day for the championship leader 😞#SingaporeGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/yG4FNQ2zfo

— Formula 1 (@F1) October 1, 2022

The fact that he starts from eighth position on the grid would seem irrelevant when you consider his recent results when starting from lower down the pack. Singapore’s street circuit though is a very different proposition. “It’s a bit like Monaco – you cannot really pass. I don’t really see a podium or a win”, he emphasised.

Should Verstappen win tomorrow’s race, and other results go in his favour, then he will be crowned world champion for the second consecutive year.

Sergio Perez placed the other Red Bull second on the grid alongside LeClerc, pipping Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes by just by 0.022 seconds. Carlos Sainz guided the other Ferraro to fourth, with Fernando Alonso’s Alpine in fifth, as reported by bbc.com.

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Unrest In Pakistan After Authorities Issue Arrest Warrant For Former PM Imran Khan

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Unrest in Pakistan after authorities issue arrest warrant for former PM Imran Khan

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan.

According to reports coming out of Pakistan today, Saturday, October 1, the authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the country’s former Prime Minister, Imran Khan. A magistrate in the city of Islamabad is believed to be the one who signed the warrant.

Below is a purported copy of the arrest warrant that appeared on social media:

The arrest warrant for Imran Khan. #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/PUe5ib2Rib

— FJ (@Natsecjeff) October 1, 2022

The Pakistani cricketing legend was ousted from power earlier this year in what was perceived to have been a coup. Khan still has a huge following in the country and this latest action could once again incense his loyal supporters.

Khan formed the Pakistan Movement for Justice political party (PTI) back in 1996 and ran the country as the party’s head from 2018 to 2022. Members of the PTI party have already taken to social media to warn the present government that they are making a huge mistake that will only cause further unrest.

Today best pic ❤️#عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن #کپتان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن #نکلو_بنی_گالا_کیطرف #BajwaTraitor

Islamabad Police pic.twitter.com/BDAzKrqNYP

— Rabia khan PTI ✌️ (@RabiaKhannPti) October 1, 2022

Don’t you dare to make this mistake . It will be the last mistake this imported govt can make because after this it will be the people of Pak who will decide the future.#کپتان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن pic.twitter.com/LthTStbbKP

— Umar Sultan Pti (@chaudhryumer86) October 1, 2022

Muhammad Khalid Khurshid Khan, the PTI Chief Minister of the Gilgit Baltistan region, warned the government that Imran Khan is their ‘red line’. He also announced that Provincial President PTIGB Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid had condemned in the strongest terms the process of issuing the arrest warrant of Chairman Imran Khan.

Khalid Khurshid said that Chairman Imran Khan condemned the issuance of an arrest warrant in the strongest terms. He insisted that it was one of the worst undemocratic and fascist practices of the ‘imported federal government’.

IMRAN KHAN IS OUR RED LINE!#کپتان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن pic.twitter.com/uZSA8hPw9K

— Muhammad Khalid Khurshid Khan (@AbdulKhalidPTI) October 1, 2022

گلگت:صوبائی صدر پی ٹی آئی جی بی وزیراعلی خالد خورشید کی، چیرمین عمران خان کی وارنٹ گرفتاری جاری کرنے کے عمل کی شدید ترین الفاظ میں مذمت، وزیراعلی خالد خورشید نے اس کو امپورٹڈ وفاقی حکومت کا بدترین غیر جمہوری و فاشسٹ عمل قرار! pic.twitter.com/UtE3UG3S6F

— Muhammad Khalid Khurshid Khan (@AbdulKhalidPTI) October 1, 2022

صوبائی صدر پی ٹی آئی گلگت بلتستان وزیراعلی خالد خورشید نے کہا ہے کہ چیرمین عمران خان کے وارنٹ گرفتاری جاری کرنے کی شدید ترین الفاظ میں مذمت کرتے ہیں۔ یہ وفاقی امپورٹڈ حکومت کا ایک بدترین غیر جمہوری و فاشسٹ عمل ہے۔ یہ وفاقی امپورٹڈ حکومت کی چیرمین عمران خان کی حقیقی آزادی کی

— Muhammad Khalid Khurshid Khan (@AbdulKhalidPTI) October 1, 2022

Dear Neutrals, Crime Minister and Imported Government think millions of times before taking any step against Imran Khan because he has become the Red Line of the Pakistani Nation. #ImranKhanOurLifeLine#کپتان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن

— Sharwan Sheikh (@BetterNeelum) October 1, 2022

Video footage uploaded onto social media just a few minutes ago shows a large crowd of Imran Khan’s supporters already gathering outside his home in Bani Gala. The police have reportedly arrived to arrest Khan but have apparently been forced back by the crowd.

Scenes outside Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence a few minutes ago.#BehindYouSkipper #کپتان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن https://t.co/mCbTa63gXL

— PTI USA Official (@PTIOfficialUSA) October 1, 2022

Latest from Bani Gala… Thank you Insafians ✌️

Police is moving back

Tmse na ho pae ga handlers#BaniGala#کپتان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائن#نکلو_بنی_گالا_کیطرف#عمران_خان_ہماری_ریڈ_لائنpic.twitter.com/CIRmiqexYh

— Bani Gala Updates (@banigalaupdte) October 1, 2022

This is a breaking news story, we will try to keep you updated as more information becomes available, thank you.

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