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Two Irish men arrested for drug trafficking in Spain as part of 'Operation Leprechaun'

The two were held after the detention of a British drug dealer on the holiday island of Majorca.

shutterstock_263984222 Magaluf, Spain Source: Shutterstock/holbox

POLICE IN MAJORCA have arrested two Irish men suspected of belonging to a drug trafficking gang.

The pair were held after the detention of a British drug dealer on the holiday island.

Detectives say that, following the man’s arrest, they discovered that he was a member of a criminal gang selling drugs to tourists and expatriates in Magaluf and the neighbouring resort of Palmanova.

One of the Irishmen is described as being one of the leaders of the organisation and has been accused of selling drugs in Punta Ballena, Magaluf’s brash party area.

He was initially held on Tuesday with his compatriot. 50 grams of cocaine and a quantity of anabolic steroids were seized during a subsequent search of his home.

Neither man has yet been named.

The operation – led by the Guardia Civil based in the municipality of Calvia – was dubbed Operation Leprechaun.

They confirmed the arrests in a statement released today.

“The Guardia Civil has arrested two Irish nationals suspected of forming part of a criminal drugs trafficking gang,” a spokesman said.

The leader of the gang is believed to be one of the two men arrested, who is suspected of selling drugs in the Punta Ballena area.

Officers said the operation was continuing and further arrests may now take place.

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