A court in Estepona has led one of the most extensive operation against an Irish mafia gang, which had connections in at least 20 countries. 31 people have been arrested and nearly one hundred luxury properties searched, including local law firms and businesses.
The investigation carried out led to a raid simultaneously in three countries, coordinated by Europol.
In the Costa del Sol, people have been arrested in Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola and Mijas. The fallen crime mob is considered one of the strongest criminal organizations internationally, especially in the British Isles.
Europol alleges the fallen crime group is linked to more than twenty crimes committed in different countries, including several on the Costa del Sol. The death of D. Patrick, aged 28, an Irish citizen whom police linked to organized crime, was shot dead in an ambush in a neighborhood of Estepona. The February 2008 killing was considered from the outset a settling of accounts between drug gangs.
Other investigations still pending include the death of Peter M., 39, who was shot dead in a pub in Nueva Andalucia, Marbella in August 2008 and the death of Richard K., 30, which was shot in February 2009 as he came out of a bar in Benalmadena.
500 agents participated in the coordinated deployment in Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland.