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Europol take down massive cocaine ‘super cartel’

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Over 30 tonnes of drugs were seized during the two-year-long investigation, Europol said

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 November 8 to 19, the agency said.

“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.

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