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Guardia Civil Association calls for fast launch ban in Spain


MADRID: The Spanish Guardia Civil Association has called for a ban on fast launches of the kind used for drug smuggling, citing Gibraltar as an example where this has worked well. The AEGC issued a statement calling for the creation of a permanent elite unit, to better tackle what they called the “dangerous” drug trafficking gangs that work in the ... Read More »

101 Arrested over people smuggling ring in Spain


MADRID: More than 100 people have been arrested in Spain after police busted a criminal network responsible for smuggling Iranian nationals into the UK on commercial flights, Europol said in a statement on Thursday. The network, which operated out of Malaga, charged Iranian migrants around €25,000 ($30,000), in exchange for fake Spanish passports, travel documents, transfers and accommodation, according Europol. ... Read More »

Spanish Police nabs human traffickers gang


MADRID: Police in Spain have smashed a gang of 101 people smugglers which was charging illegal immigrants more than £22,000 to reach Britain. Officers arrested 14 of the 15 suspected members in Malaga but the alleged ringleader was held at London’s Heathrow Airport as he tried to flee to Brazil. Nearly 50 Iranians using falsified Spanish passports they bought from ... Read More »

Spanish billionaire for allegedly trying to smuggle  Picasso


MADRID: In the ongoing legal case against Spanish billionaire Jaime Botín, who’s accused of smuggling a Picasso out of Spain, the prosecutor has requested a four-year prison sentence and a €100 million fine against the heir and collector, a member of Spain’s most successful banking family. Botín is the owner of an early painting by Pablo Picasso, Head of a ... Read More »

Orange Spain revenues soar 9% in Q2


MADRID: Orange Spain was by far the parent group’s best performing unit in the three months to June, reporting revenues up 8.8 percent year on year to EUR 1.34 billion, driven by 141,000 net fibre additions in the quarter and 148,000 more mobile contracts. A total of 3.1 million customers had a converged services plan on 30 June, up 5.2 ... Read More »

Multi-agency cross-border crackdown on tobacco smugglers


MADRID: Over 30 people were stopped close to the border fence during cross-border multi-agency operations targeting tobacco smugglers early Wednesday morning. The operations drew on officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police, HM Customs and the Gibraltar Defence Police on the Gibraltar side, with the Guardia Civil, the Policia Nacional, the Servicio de Vigilancia Aduanera and La Linea’s Policia Local involved ... Read More »

Dozens arrested in Spain for Europe-wide horsemeat scam


MADRID: Spanish police have arrested and charged 65 individuals over a continent-wide ring that traded in horsemeat from animals “in bad shape, too old or simply labelled as ‘not suitable for consumption,'”according to a statement released by Europol. Spain’s Guardia Civil, in coordination with Europol, the European police agency, charged the individuals with crimes including animal abuse, document forgery, perverting ... Read More »

Spain seizes 3m packs of tobacco smuggled near Cadiz


MADRID: n waters close to the Bay of Cadiz in the early morning of last Wednesday, the Spanish Tax Agency seized over three million packs of contraband tobacco found in six containers being transported by a tug boat and cargo ship heading for the Huelva coast. The seizure, carried out as part of Operation ‘Escudo’, is the largest ever conducted ... Read More »

BIR, Customs workers march against TTRA


MADRID: As Government moves ahead with plans to establish the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority (TTRA) before year’s end, the Public Services Association (PSA) has warned it will not take this autocratic decision “quietly.” To demonstrate their rejection of the initiative, which is reportedly scheduled to come on stream by October 1, hundreds of workers from the Customs and Excise ... Read More »

Spain requires real-time submissions of VAT information


MADRID: Large enterprises operating in Spain are coming to terms with the latest requirements to file their VAT information on a real-time basis through the new online system set up by the Spanish tax authorities. According to the information provided by the Spanish tax authorities, 63,000 taxpayers will be required to use the new system to file their VAT returns. ... Read More »

People smuggling gang arrested in Melilla


MADRID: EVER on the lookout for people trafficking, the Guardia Civil in Melilla has arrested four people and is searching for another two. Seeing an increase in the number of illegal migrants arriving in the enclave, officers kept surveillance on the border crossing with Morocco and established the ‘modus operandi’ of one gang of smugglers. They established that the gang ... Read More »

Spain cracks down on Chinese import fraud


MADRID: Spain Tax Agency, Hacienda, has begun a large scale investigation into fraud and tax avoidance, specifically Chinese imports, after the government lost €100m in unpaid taxes. In December 2016 the treasury carried out a string of lawsuits against a Chinese organisation importing goods from China and Pakistan. At customs goods were declared up to 20 times lower than their ... Read More »

Spanish policeman killed in tobacco smuggling operation at Gibraltar border


MADRID: A Spanish policeman was killed Wednesday during an operation against tobacco smuggling in a town on the border with Gibraltar that has long been plagued by contraband, an official and local media reported. Details of the incident in La Linea de la Concepcion on Spain’s southern tip remain unclear. Victor Sánchez, a 46-year-old father-of-two was hit by a vehicle ... Read More »

Spain ratifies Canada-EU trade deal after opposition backs away


MADRID: The Spanish parliament has ratified the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, Lavanguardia reported. The Spanish socialist party PSOE, which was the main opposition party to the agreement, said it would abstain in the vote, a Spanish source familiar with the process told Undercurrent News. During the vote, held on ... Read More »

Border agents seize $18m worth of cocaine in Port of Montreal


MADRID: Officials with the Canadian Border Services Agency confirmed Friday that they have intercepted 370kg of cocaine in the Port of Montreal worth about $18 million on the street. The seizure, which occurred on Tuesday, could be one of the largest cocaine busts in the port’s history. The drugs were found concealed inside steel and aluminium cylindrical rolls, in a ... Read More »

Three men spotted smuggling half million cigarettes in Dorking jailed


MADRID: Three men who were caught supplying or receiving nearly half a million smuggled cigarettes in a Dorking car park have been jailed for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty. In December 2015 Dominik Mrzyglod, 38, and Sebastian Swiezy, 36, were seen by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators supplying non-UK duty paid cigarettes to Abdul Faki, 52, Officers ... Read More »

Europe to suffer continent-wide port strike in support of Spanish dockworkers


MADRID: The International Dockworkers’ Council called for a Europe-wide, two-hour port stoppage from 10 a.m. to noon on June 29 to demonstrate support for Spain’s stevedores, The Loadstar reports. Spain’s stevedores have been in a political battle against the country’s port employer association over their right to exclusive labor and pay since February. Last week, the workers organized a full ... Read More »

Trio sentenced after half million cigarettes smuggled into country


MADRID: Three men have been jailed after almost half a million cigarettes were smuggled into the country. Dominik Mrzyglod, 38, previously of Sunset Place in Walton , was jailed for four years in January for his role and for a separate offence where 1.2 million cigarettes were smuggled. Sebastian Swiezy, 36, of Hogsmill Way in Epsom, was sentenced to 12 ... Read More »

Maritime seizures of LatAm cocaine shipments to Spain on rise


MADRID: Authorities in Spain say they have seen a marked increase in maritime seizures of South American cocaine destined for Europe in the past two years, highlighting the importance of this simple but efficient drug trafficking method. Spanish authorities told El Confidencial that maritime drug shipments “have multiplied considerably” in the last two years, with most coming from Venezuela, Colombia, ... Read More »

Smuggled cigarette suppliers sentenced


MADRID: Three men, who were caught supplying or receiving almost half a million smuggled cigarettes in Surrey, have been sentenced for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty. One of the men, DominikMrzyglod, 38, was jailed for four years earlier this year for his role in this crime, and for a separate offence of smuggling 1.2 million cigarettes inside table ... Read More »