Sunday 11 December 2016

Drug trafficking is borderless - so it's time for the Gardaí to have boots back in Spain

Published 13/02/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí at a checkpoint on Cork Street in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Collins
Gardaí at a checkpoint on Cork Street in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Collins

Enterprising Irish criminals were first lured into mainland Europe by a potential tenfold increase in profits from drug deals, thus eliminating the middleman.

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Over the previous decade, the gangsters had carefully built up valuable networks of contacts in European countries such as Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium. Through these, they had gained access to global underworld figures in South America.

But they had to pay a hefty price to their contacts for that access - and they quickly realised they had to be closer to the action if they wanted to become major players.

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