Europol Says 49 Arrested In Cocaine Cartel Takedown; 30 Tonnes Of Drugs Seized
PARIS, France - European policing Agency Europol said on Monday it had helped co-ordinate the takedown of a cartel managed from the United Arab Emirates believed to control up to a third of Europe's cocaine trade.
Police arrested a total of 49 suspects in raids in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UAE from Nov.9 to Nov.19.
''The scale of cocaine importation into Europe under the suspects' control and command was massive", Europol said in a statement, adding that more than 30 tonnes of drugs had been seized during the investigations.
''The operation to co-ordinate raids was dubbed "Desert Light" and had been planned over a period of two years.