Spain Breaks Global Money Laundering Ring
Spanish authorities have arrested twenty people suspected of having facilitated an international money laundering operation through the sale of drugs. The investigation was initially launched in May 2008, when Police became suspicious over several substantial transfers of money to Colombia. Police reports suggest that the group was responsible for transferring in excess of 3 million euros during 2007 and 2008, which was sent from Spain to bank accounts in China, Panama, Venezuela and the United States and were eventually collated at a fake dentistry foundation in Colombia. The Police statement went on to say that the suspected ringleader of the Colombian network was detained by US police in Miami, whilst the remaining suspects were detained by Spanish police in raids carried out across Spain. At the same time, the Police confiscated 5 vehicles; 32 mobile telephones; a quantity of cocaine; 6 fake passports and other documentation.