Drug deal­ers caught out­side La Xara school

Chil­dren saw drug-ped­dling for months out­side the fences

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cb­news.es

CHIL­DREN on the play­park and at school in La Xara have been sub­jected to the sight of broad-day­light drug-ped­dling for months, spark­ing a bar­rage of res­i­dent po­lice reports – but the deal­ers ran such a care­fully-struc­tured racket that catching them was prov­ing a chal­lenge.

Na­tional Po­lice from Dé­nia say the gang was hard to iden­tify as its mem­bers are ca­reer crim­i­nals with a strict hi­er­ar­chy.

They would need to be caught in the act of deal­ing co­caine and hash out­side the school, but then other mem­bers were likely to be in re­serve to carry on with their il­licit oper­a­tions.

But re­cent ar­rests mean the core of their or­gan­i­sa­tion has been bro­ken up and, with­out their key par­tic­i­pants, are un­likely to con­tinue of­fend­ing.

A woman and five men, all aged be­tween 20 and 43, were taken into cus­tody on Fri­day and were due to ap­pear be­fore a judge on Mon­day.

De­tec­tives searched sev­eral homes in La Xara and seized mo­bile phones, two top-of-the-range cars and €2,000 in cash.

Dur­ing the raids, they un­earthed four ki­los of hash pods, 100 ki­los of dry­ing-out cannabis plants and five grams of co­caine. The six sus­pects were re­manded in cus­tody.

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