A MALAGA customs chief was the ‘inside man’ in an audacious scheme that saw cocaine traffickers manning the port’s container inspections.
The head of the port’s Risk Analysis Unit was arrested in a smuggling operation that ‘controlled the inspection scanner for a year and a half’, El Confidencial report.
He was recruited by the suspected cocaine trafficking kingpin; a local businessman who owned warehouses around Malaga and had deep links into the port operators.
The arrest, one of 13 made around Spain, marks a coup for law enforcement, who despite intercepting tonnes of cocaine each year, rarely nab the colluding port officials.
However, the saga raises very serious questions about Spanish border security, as it is unknown what else could have been smuggled into the country via such a gaping hole.
Almost two tonnes of cocaine worth €63 million were snaffled up during the sprawling investigation between Spain’s Customs Surveillance Service (SVA), Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil.
Read more at