The Spanish police have arrested a Dutch drug trafficker who worked for the notorious Colombian Cali Cartel. That has the Spanish police reported Sunday. The Dutchman, who is of Colombian descent, represented the cartel in Europe, in particular in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, according to local authorities.
The man was arrested in the coastal province of Málaga with the help of the Dutch police. He is suspected of large-scale money laundering, including 6 million euros in cryptocurrency. His identity has not been disclosed.
The Spanish police investigation began in 2018 when it became clear that a criminal group operating internationally was active in the province of Málaga. The Cali Cartel in Colombia is one of the most powerful criminal organizations in history.
The Dutchman had fled to the city of Marbella under pressure from the Dutch police, according to the Spanish authorities. There he lived in a luxurious house. He also had a house in Delft.
His arrest included three cars, expensive watches, 85,000 euros in cash, credit cards, computers and cell phones.
In the Netherlands, the police also seized $ 170,000 in cryptocurrency.