Spanish police arrest Briton in drugs ring bust

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested one of the most-investigated criminals in Europe and six others as part of anti-drug operation. Six more people were arrested in Venezuela.

A police statement said British citizen Brian Collin Charrington was arrested in the Mediterranean port city of Alicante. It said Charrington headed a gang that brought cocaine in luxury boats from South America to Spain for distribution in Europe.

Police found 220 kilograms (485 pounds) of cocaine and seized assets worth some 5 million euros ($6.5 million) in the operation.

The statement late Tuesday said Charrington owned 10 luxury villas in Alicante as well as top-of-the-range boats and cars.

It said one of Charrington’s sons was arrested in Spain while Charrington’s girlfriend was among six people arrested in Venezuela.

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