SPAIN 🇪🇸 (Costa del Sol) : Marbella has become a “United Nations of crime” – and violent gangsters have come with it

With hashish coming in from Morocco, cocaine from South America and marijuana from the Spanish mountains, Marbella has become a “United Nations of crime” – and violent gangsters have come with it.

Nacho Carretero and Arturo Lezcano investigate

One morning last autumn, a dozen or so locals were eating breakfast at a café under a clear Marbella sky, in front of the offices of the Special Organised Crime Response Unit (Greco), on the Costa del Sol. It’s an unobtrusive building in a working-class neighbourhood – and only someone with a sharp eye for detail might notice the two security cameras monitoring the front entrance. The café’s regulars drank coffee and ate toast, unaware that only 24 hours earlier, in another part of the city, Greco agents had rescued a man from a garage, alive, but with holes drilled through his toes. It was the latest local case of amarre, or kidnapping, to settle a score between criminal gangs.

That afternoon, in Puerto Banús, the wealthiest and most extravagant area of the city, a young British man with ties to organised crime walked out of a Louis Vuitton store and found himself surrounded by a crew of young Maghrebis, “soldiers” from one of the Marseille clans. “They didn’t want anything specific,” he said. “They just stared me down and said: ‘What’s up?’ They were looking for trouble… It’s getting really dangerous here,” he said, with no apparent sense of the irony of a criminal complaining about criminality.

It was in the 1960s, during Spain’s development boom, that the Costa del Sol became southern Europe’s tourist hotspot. Working-class holidaymakers thronged the public beaches and an emerging class of jet-setters found a piece of paradise in Marbella. The plan to develop the region succeeded, but success came with baggage. “This was the Francoist agreement,” said Antonio Romero, an author and former politician. “You, the criminals, come here to relax, don’t commit any crimes, and bring your money.”

The Costa del Sol is organised crime’s southern frontier – a stretch of urban sprawl extending from Málaga to Estepona, with Marbella, a city of 147,633 people, as its capital. According to the Spanish Intelligence Centre for Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime, there are at least 113 criminal groups representing 59 different nationalities operating out of the area. To the south, less than ten miles of open water separates the region from Morocco – the world’s largest producer of hashish – and from the autonomous Spanish outposts of Ceuta and Melilla. Less than an hour’s drive away is one of Europe’s main entry points for cocaine, the port of Algeciras. Across the bay from Algeciras is the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a tax haven separated from Spain by a fence. To the north rise the Málaga and Granada mountains, Europe’s main region for marijuana cultivation.

The mobsters blend in with their millionaire neighbours

Marbella is not so much a rich place as a place full of rich people. A quick search yields 3,974 results for homes listed at more than €1m – that’s 100 more listings than the entire city of Madrid – in a city where the per capita income (€21,818) is less than the Spanish average.

In recent years, the situation has deteriorated

Bosses now bring their “soldiers” with them. “Young gangsters, armed and really dangerous”, said a member of Greco Costa del Sol. A member of the Camorra, the Naples Mafia organisation, who has lived in Marbella for years agrees. Francesco, who did not want to give his real name, had agreed to meet at a restaurant in Puerto Banús, where he always has a table waiting.

“The young guys who are coming here now don’t live by any codes, they don’t have any respect… These guys running around with their little bum bags, while their bosses are in Dubai.”

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ANDALOUSIE 🇪🇸 (Malaga) : l’hélicoptère était chargé de 200 kilos de cannabis

La « Guardia civil » a intercepté mardi à Malaga un hélicoptère contenant 200 kilos de haschich marocain. Une personne a été aussi arrêtée au cours de l’opération.

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ESPAÑA 🇪🇸 (Malaga) : intervienen un dron usado para el transporte de droga entre Marruecos y España

Un dron de 4,35 metros de envergadura –de un extremo a otro de las alas- acondicionado para el transporte de droga entre Marruecos y España y que cuenta con una autonomía de vuelo de siete horas ha sido intervenido en Málaga, en una operación en la que se ha desarticulado una red internacional de narcotráfico.

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Una capacidad de transporte de entre 30 y 150 kilos, con una autonomía de siete horas, capaz de alcanzar los 7.000 pies de altura y una punta de velocidad de 170 kilómetros por hora

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ESPAGNE 🇪🇸 (Opération Alcatraz) : à Marbella, les bénéfices de la cocaïne étaient blanchis dans des secteurs tels que l’équitation ou la restauration

Marbella : cocaïne, armes de guerre et chevaux

L’opération réalisée l’année dernière à San Pedro d’ Alcántara a conduit à une organisation qui blanchissait ses bénéfices dans des secteurs tels que l’équitation ou la restauration.

L’enquête, menée à Malaga, Séville et Ceuta, a permis la saisie d’une tonne et demie de cocaïne à Marbella. Dans un premier temps, les agents ont intercepté une camionnette chargée de 80 kilos de coke qui les a emmenés dans une pépinière où 1 380 kilos supplémentaires ont été trouvés.

Des semaines après cette cache, les investigations ont conduit à un important arsenal d’armes à l’intérieur d’un véhicule de la même organisation, parmi lesquels on trouve deux fusils d’assaut modèle M16A1, une arme considérée exclusivement à usage militaire.

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 : ce que vous n’apprendrez pas en allant au musée de la Douane française à Bordeaux

ESPAÑA 🇪🇸 (Operación Jumita) : la Guardia Civil afirma que la operación Jumita le ha permitido comprender cómo funciona el narcotráfico en los muelles algecireños

Los 16,5 millones intervenidos durante los 40 registros domiciliarios realizados en las localidades de Algeciras, San Roque, Marbella, Málaga, Ayamonte y Getxo, eran solo el dinero que esta organización utilizaba para seguir funcionando. Para pagar a sus informantes, por ejemplo, repartidos por muchos rincones del Puerto.

Entre los arrestados figura un funcionario de Aduanas de Algeciras, un veterinario del Puesto de Inspección Fronteriza (PIF) del puerto y un ex responsable del movimiento de contenedores en la terminal de APM, además de otros trabajadores portuarios, transitarios y camioneros, sin descartar que el entramado se sirviese de « la colaboración » más o menos activa de miembros de las Fuerzas y Cuerpos de Seguridad del Estado.

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SPAIN 🇪🇸 (Sottogrande) : Robert Mark Benson was said to use his ‘extensive nautical knowledge’ to transport drugs from Africa


Robert Mark Benson, ex-British Navy submariner, was alleged to have links with criminal gangs in Ukraine and the UK

Spanish police have arrested a British former Navy sailor on suspicion of running a « highly professional » drugs trafficking operation with links across Europe. …

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ESPAGNE 🇪🇸 (Andalousie) : depuis plus de 30 ans, les structures mises en place, la logistique criminelle, les contacts et ramifications avec différents services spéciaux sont toujours d’actualité

NARCOTRAFIC : le trombinoscope des années 90

Carlos Gaston Ferran, dit « Le Grand »

ICI lors d’un séjour en Algérie dans sa jeunesse.


Jean Gilbert Para, un proche collaborateur de Charles Ferran, disparu le 11 mai 2002, dans la région de Ronda en Andalousie. (Son 4X4 a été retrouvé criblé de balles!)

Il était copropriétaire avec Carlos Ferran, Edouard ´Doudou´ Mari-Chica et Abdel Omar (Adiel OUANOUGLU) »Le Chacal » du ´My Lady Palace´ y ´Play Boy´ de Marbella et d’autres établissements similaires à Torremolinos et Benalmádena. Il gérait aussi un restaurant Plaza del Socorro à Ronda.



Adiel OUANOUGLU ou Abdel OMAR, dit « Le Chacal ».

enregistré par les autorités françaises de la DNRED et de l’OCRTIS

« C’est un personnage qui a fait bénéficier la DNRED (Direction nationale du renseignement et des enquêtes douanières, NDLR) comme d’autres services français d’un carnet d’adresses très étoffé« , expliquait Jean-Michel Pillon, chef de bureau au sein de la direction des douanes lors d’une audition devant la brigade financière en mars 2016

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Alain David Benhamou dit ´Doudou´ Mari-Chica

Le beau-frère de Carlos Ferran

ici à Marbella

 


Ricardo RUIZ COOL, commissaire de Police à Estepona (Andalousie) dans les années 90, chargé de la sécurité des GAL sur la Costa del Sol, était un contact très proche de Carlos Ferran. Il mettait à sa disposition le fichier de la Police Nationale espagnole et sécurisait les rendez-vous de Carlos Ferran avec Rafael Vera, le ministre espagnol de la sécurité.

Son adjoint à Estepona, Florentino Villabona Madera pourrait, j’en suis certain nous parler de cette grande époque, s’il n’est pas frappé d’amnésie sélective. Aujourd’hui, il est « Director Adjunto Operativo (DAO) de la Policía »!


Le GAL

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Felipe Gonzalez (au centre), le fondateurs du GAL et ses meilleurs collaborateurs Rafael Vera (à gauche) et José Barrionuevo.

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ESPAGNE (les années sombres du terrorisme et du narcotrafic d’Etat): retour sur les cloaques de Felipe Gonzalez, José Barrionuevo, José Luis Corcuera, Rafael Vera et des mercenaires du GAL

LIRE: NARCO-TERRORISMO (G.A.L.): los mercenarios de la OAS en España.

ET aussi: l’histoire du GAL

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La DNRED était copropriétaire de ce restaurant en bordure de mer à Estepona avec Marc Fievet

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DOUANE FRANÇAISE : quand la DNRED tenait un restaurant à Estepona en Andalousie

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SPAIN 🇪🇸 (Marbella) : the Costa del Sol is home to more than 100 different criminal organisations

They range from extremely powerful, tightly structured mafias, like the Serbian, Morrocan and Dutch groups, to gangs of small-time burglars. Most groups specialise in one or more of the various activities that revolve around trafficking drugs: buying merchandise, protection and security, transportation, distribution, money laundering. Almost none of these groups can manage the whole process by themselves, which makes collaboration essential.

A prosecutor in the region put it like this: “Anyone who thinks that the criminal organisations are the same as they were before – structured like a pyramid, managing every aspect of the business – well, they’re wrong. It’s not like that any more. It’s a lot more like in the TV series ZeroZeroZero, where everyone has to form alliances and each group takes on certain things. They’re not cartels, they’re service providers: it’s the Uberisation of organised crime.” Because of this, there’s also no division of territory. “It’s not possible to make a map, like they’ve done, for example, with Mexico,” he says. “Instead, you’d have to make a diagram that reflects the division of labour, the different roles and activities of each organisation.”

The groups in Costa del Sol, said one Marbella-based drug trafficker, “are talking with each other all day long, asking each other questions”. Everyone knows everything, he said, “and almost everyone knows each other”. Meetings take place in discreet locations: shopping centres, fast-food restaurants or parks, or during a stroll through a public garden in a luxury development.

While there might not be any clearly marked territories on the Costa del Sol, each group has its own stomping grounds – the businesses and other locations they frequent and control. And it’s important, the trafficker said, sipping his drink, that everyone knows the rules. “If a Brit walks into an Albanian gym, for example, he’s gonna have a problem.” The Irish have their own pubs in Puerto Banús; the Moroccans have their own bars, where there’s no (public) alcohol consumption but they smoke shisha; the Colombians hang out at the shopping centres; the Camorra have their pizzerias, and there are specific hotels for English gangsters. The police know a lot of these places by name.

Beyond its own frontiers, Marbella is inextricably linked to Dubai by crime.

Most of the area’s criminal groups live between these two cities. “Dubai is like Marbella but with no rules and no law,” said one high-level Costa del Sol criminal. “It’s extremely rare for them to arrest anyone there. It’s only happened a few times, and always for some underlying political reason. Most of the top bosses live there, and then they spend the summer in Marbella. The soldados go to Dubai when they feel like they’re under surveillance. We’re protected there. There’s no extradition.”

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SPAIN 🇪🇸 (Costa del Sol) : the new international crime organisations have made Marbella their centre of operations

And as violence rises, the police lag far behind

One morning last autumn, a dozen or so locals were eating breakfast at a cafe under a clear Marbella sky, in front of the offices of the Special Organised Crime Response Unit (Greco), on the Costa del Sol. The property is nondescript – an unobtrusive building in a working-class neighbourhood – and only someone with a sharp eye for detail might notice the two security cameras monitoring the front entrance. The cafe’s regulars drank coffee and ate toast, unaware that only 24 hours earlier, in another part of the city, Greco agents had rescued a man from a garage, alive, but with holes drilled through his toes. It was the latest local case of amarre, or kidnapping, to settle a score between criminal gangs.

That afternoon, in Puerto Banús, the wealthiest and most extravagant area of the city, a young British man with ties to organised crime walked out of a Louis Vuitton store and found himself surrounded by a crew of young Maghrebis, “soldiers” from one of the Marseille clans. “They didn’t want anything specific,” he said. “They just stared me down and said: ‘What’s up?’ They were looking for trouble. Things like this have been happening for a while now. It’s getting really dangerous here,” he said, with no apparent sense of the irony of a criminal complaining about criminality.

On the same day, in New Andalucía, one of the luxury housing developments on the outskirts of the city, next to the scorched shell of the Sisú Hotel, which was set on fire in what seemed to be a settling of scores, a Rolls-Royce sped through an intersection and smashed into an oncoming car. The driver, a young man in a tracksuit and tattoos, got out and inspected the damage, clutching three mobile phones and glaring defiantly at passersby.

It was in the 60s, during Spain’s economic “miracle” and development boom, that the Costa del Sol was transformed into the tourist hotspot of southern Europe. First, working-class holidaymakers thronged the public beaches. Then an emerging class of jet-setters found their piece of paradise in Marbella. The plan to develop the region succeeded, but success came with its own baggage. “This was the Francoist agreement,” said Antonio Romero, an author and former politician who is one of the most outspoken voices against organised crime in the region. “You, the criminals, come here to relax, don’t commit any crimes, and bring your money.” And so, as the authorities turned a blind eye, Marbella became a premier destination for the global criminal elite.

The Costa del Sol is organised crime’s southern frontier – a stretch of urban sprawl extending from Málaga to Estepona, with Marbella, a city of 147,633 people, as its capital. According to the Spanish Intelligence Centre for Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime, there are at least 113 criminal groups representing 59 different nationalities operating out of the area.

There is nowhere quite like the Costa del Sol – a long tongue of land stretching 55 miles between the mountains and the sea. To the south, less than 10 miles of open water separates the region from Morocco – the world’s largest producer of hashish – and from the autonomous Spanish outposts of Ceuta and Melilla. Less than an hour’s drive away is one of Europe’s main entry points for cocaine, the port of Algeciras. Across the bay from Algeciras is the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a tax haven separated from Spain by a fence. To the north rise the Málaga and Granada mountains, Europe’s main region for marijuana cultivation.

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ESPAÑA 🇪🇸(Andalucia) : incautan 5 toneladas de droga en una operación con 8 detenidos, uno de ellos relacionado con ‘Los Castaña’

 

La Guardia Civil ha intervenido casi cinco toneladas de hachís y detenido a ocho miembros de una de las redes criminales más activas dedicadas a introducir grandes cantidades de droga desde Marruecos a España, donde la almacenaban en las provincias de Málaga, Cádiz y Almería para distribuirla por Europa.

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FRANCE 🇨🇵 (OFAST) : la « Darmaniphobie » en question

La lutte anti-drogues cible principalement les consommateurs et tend à automatiser la sanction avec des amendes, « au détriment des mesures sanitaires », selon une note publiée mardi par l’Observatoire français des drogues et toxicomanies.

« En Allemagne, on consacre plus de fonds à lutter contre le trafic qu’à interpeller des usagers »

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En FRANCE, aucune protection pour ceux qui luttent contre le narcotrafic

 

Malgré le témoignage de Jean Paul Garcia, attaché douanier en poste à Madrid, devant les magistrats espagnols, précisant que l’agent infiltré Marc Fievet serait plus utile dehors qu’incarcéré…Les autorités douanières françaises, au manque d’honneur avéré, l’ont laissé partir pour un périple carcéral de 3888 jours à travers l’ Espagne, l’Angleterre, le Canada et la France.

Explications avec

DOUANE FRANÇAISE (DNRED – Années 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994): qui est donc Marc Fievet qui ne peut « zapper » cette période?

 

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FRANCE 🇫🇷 (Douane – DNRED): l’interview de Marc Fievet, aka NS 55 DNRED

Aviseur International

International informant: Quand, en septembre 2007, un avion appartenant à la CIA s’est écrasé au Mexique et l’on a découvert qu’il transportait plus de 4 tonnes de cocaïne, qu’avez-vous pensé ?

Marc Fievet :
Lorsque j’ai lu cette news, j’ai immédiatement pensé que malgré les années qui passent, les gouvernements et les dirigeants des grands services de renseignements utilisaient toujours les mêmes méthodes pour trouver des fonds.

Comment ne pas se souvenir d’Oliver North du temps de Bush père et d’Air America au Vietnam, pour ne citer que ces deux exemples qui sont tombés dans le domaine public.
Ayant travaillé pour la DEA et ayant pu constaté le manque total d’éthique morale des fonctionnaires que j’ai rencontrés, je ne suis pas étonné de ce type de transport par ces avions occupés à plein temps pour « faciliter » le « travail » de la CIA ou…

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ESPAGNE 🇪🇸 (Andalousie) : saisie de fric, de shit, de coke et beaucoup plus encore après l’opération « Teether » menée par le GAR

La ‘Guardia civil’, dans le cadre de l’opération Teether, a démantelé dans les provinces de Malaga et de Cordoba une organisation criminelle dédiée principalement au trafic de cocaïne. 20 personnes ont été arrêtées .

21 kilos de cocaïne, 30 kilos de haschisch et 1 029 000 euros en espèces ont été saisis dans cette opération ainsi que 23 logements, deux parkings, deux débarras, une ferme et quinze véhicules (dont deux à double fonds) .

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