18:06 GMT15 August 2020
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    MADRID (Sputnik) - Spanish and French police arrested 26 suspects on Thursday as a result of a year-long investigation into a cross-border drug trafficking scheme, the Spanish Civil Guard said on Thursday.

    "The joint operation led to the arrest of 26 people", the statement read.

    Operation Darkness tracked a group that smuggled huge quantities of hashish — a cannabis-based hallucinogenic drug — from Malaga to Paris and Marseilles.

    Investigators found that the group, whose bosses lived in France, wanted to snatch drugs from a rival gang and blame the theft on the guard whom they intended to kill.

    Police officers at  Marseille, southern France
    © AP Photo / Claude Paris
    Police officers at Marseille, southern France

    The suspects have been charged with participating in a criminal organisation, drug trafficking, auto theft and forgery. A total of 12 pounds of hashish, $832,000 in cash and five luxury cars were seized.

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    France, Drug Trafficking, Drugs, Spain
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