Starting in 2006 and linked to a well-known family clan, a series of violent acts related to Irish citizens in Costa del Sol was carried out, involving known criminals from Ireland.
The police investigation identified a complex corporate structure used by this organization to channel the proceeds from criminal activities, among them drug and arms trafficking, kidnapping, counterfeiting, smuggling of vehicles, murders and money laundering.
Information was exchanged at a later stage with police in the United Kingdom, which showed that the organization was involved in criminal activities in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands.
For this reason, a coordination meeting was held in June 2008 in the Europol headquarters, in order to exchange police intelligence. The participation of this criminal organization in the laundering of proceeds from the drug and arms traffic was highlighted during this meeting.
The organized group is perfectly structured, lead, and controlled by one leader in close collaboration with his two sons. One of the sons is in charge of the drug trafficking activities and the other one takes care of the administrative and financial aspects of the operations.
Spain took over the police operation, since one of the main members of the organization was located in Spain, where he would direct and control criminal activities around the world.
The investigation focused on the criminal activities of a Spanish citizen who centralized the banking activities, the establishment of relationships with financial institutions, the involvement of law firms specialized in the creation of complex corporate structures, and the execution of public acts and constitution and representation of corporations.
Throughout the investigation, numerous police investigative activities were carried out, e.g: analysis of police databases, analysis of public documents, surveillance and monitoring, wiretapping, analysis of criminal intelligence and exchange of intelligence through international cooperation.
The collaboration with Europol, Interpol, Eurojust, police liaisons in other countries, etc. should be highlighted.
35 people were arrested and over one hundred luxury properties were seized, besides cash, bank accounts, luxury vehicles and weapons.
The organization was involved in criminal activities in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Spain. It had international branches in more than 20 countries around the world, where they would launder the proceeds of their illicit activities (Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Morocco, South Africa, China, Dubai, Panama, Dominican Republic, Brazil and the United States).
Analysis of police databases at a national and international level, analysis of numerous public documents (commercial, land and property registries, notary records, etc.) surveillance and tracing, cross border surveillance, wiretapping, exchange of information with other involved countries, analysis of criminal intelligence, and border control.
Through Europol a working group was created and channels for the exchange of information and coordination meetings were established. A file storage unit was created for the coordination of received intelligence.
Europol positioned mobile offices on the day of the operation.
A coordination meeting was held in order to incorporate police intelligence gathered throughout the involved countries, as well as to establish tasks and ways to move forward with the investigation.
Police ties were established in order to have direct communication between investigators, and a file was created where all the information pertaining to the case would be introduced. This allowed for a broader knowledge of the criminal background of members of the organization.
The defendants are currently on probation awaiting trial.