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Updated: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:33:18 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

4 Canadian Hells Angels arrested in Spain cocaine bust



Four Canadian members of the Hells Angels have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of smuggling cocaine, police say. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Four Canadian members of the Hells Angels have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of smuggling cocaine, police say. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Four members of the Hells Angels have been arrested in northwest Spain for allegedly smuggling 500 kilograms of cocaine into the country with the aim of distributing it, Spain's Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday.

The statement said the men, all Canadians, were arrested near the coastal city of Pontevedra, where one had arrived by yacht, allegedly having sailed from Colombia with the drugs.

One of the three men who met the yacht was "a known member" of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels and another had been under investigation for suspected drug smuggling by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the statement said.

The smuggling operation had been under police surveillance since July 30 and culminated when officers raided two vans loaded with cocaine and arrested the Canadians.

In a separate operation, police arrested two other persons whose nationality was not disclosed but who were "responsible for the delivery of the drug" to Spain, the statement said.

The arrests were the result of collaboration between Spanish police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the RCMP, EUROPOL and France's tax authority, the statement said.

The statement did not say when the arrests took place.

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