Spanish police capture Georgian gangsters in massive black op

Spanish police capture Georgian gangsters in massive black op
Photo: RIA Novosti / Elena Shesternina

Law enforcers have detained 61 people.

Another special operation of the Spanish security forces was aimed at the destruction of a criminal group engaged in apartment thefts. The massive raid Aikon II, which continues to the present day, includes Spanish law enforcers, Europol, the French police, and the Georgian security agencies.

It should be noted that the investigation of burglaries committed by members of the group has been ongoing in Spain since the beginning of 2016, and by this time a total of 61 people have been detained. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the representative of the Spanish government, Concepcion Dancausa. She mentioned that the entire criminal network was composed of nine different organized crime groups, which included mostly people from Georgia and Spain.

During the operation, security forces conducted 26 searches and seized more than 30 thousand euro in cash, 8 luxury cars, more than 7 thousand tobacco packs, numerous jewelry, watches, electronic devices, and so on. In the course of the operation the security forces managed to pick up the trail of another gang from Ukraine, which was engaged in the smuggling of tobacco products.

So far the Spanish authorities have been unable to name the exact number of crimes committed and assess the damage caused by criminals, saying only that it was "a very large sum of money." It was found that at least 300 thousand euro have been siphoned off from Spain to other countries, mainly to Georgia. In most cases, thefts were committed in Madrid, but the criminals left tracks in other regions as well, such as Seville, Malaga, Bilbao, Alicante, Sabadell, and Barcelona.

In addition, during the current special operation, an arrest warrant was issued for the leader of the group, a kingpin, who is now supposedly hiding in Italy. It is known that in 2014 he was deported from Georgia.

It is worth noting that during the previous raids law enforcers had already detained another kingpin, Zviad Darsadze, known under the nickname Zviad. But, as noted by the Spanish law enforcement agencies, even his arrest did not cause a decrease in the activity of Georgian criminals in the country. His deputy is another crowned thief, Spartak Japaridze (Spartak), who is still on the loose.

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