In a joint operation between the Catalan and Spanish National Police, more than 100 people have been arrested in 70 raids
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, police officers raided around 70 homes and arrested more than 100 people all suspected of being part of a criminal gang acting as an Armenian Mafia group.
The raids took place across the country, including in Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Albacete and Catalonia, where the main group of gang members were located, specifically in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
The Catalan police report that following the conclusion of an investigation that began in 2016, which also included support from Europol, the gang is suspected of carrying out a wide range of crimes, such as drug trafficking, arms trafficking, money laundering and bribery.
The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has issued a statement in which they detail how the arrestees are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation, robbery in inhabited house, smuggling of tobacco, crimes against public health and corruption related to sports betting of the second category (initially of tennis matches) in other countries.
The raids were ordered by the Court of Instruction 2 of Terrassa (Barcelona) and took place in more than 70 locations in five provinces: Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante and Albacete.
Specifically, in Barcelona city and two municipalities in the Barcelonés region; Madrid and six municipalities of its province; and in Valencia, specifically La Safor, La Ribera Baja, Horta Oest, Horta Sud, La Ribera Alta, Camp de Túria, Utiel-Requena and Horta de València; Alicante and Medio Vinalopó, and Albacete.