Two suspected members of Italy's 'Ndrangheta organized crime group were arrested here Monday on drug and racketeering charges, Spanish police said.
The Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta did business with drug traffickers in Colombia, Uruguay and Peru and handled huge sums of money, according to police.
The two arrested men were identified as Guglielmo di G., 47, and his nephew Rosario di G., 30.
Their arrests came in the context of an international operation that netted 43 suspects last week.
The drugs came from South America via Morocco to Barcelona, from where they were transported to Calabria for wider distribution.
The two men have already been handed over to Spain's National Court, in Madrid, and procedures for arranging their extradition to Italy have been begun.
The arrests were made possible due to contacts between police in Barcelona and Italian authorities.
The Italian police investigation culminated with the seizure of 350 kilos of cocaine and a large quantity of hashish that apparently arrived in Calabria thanks to the collaboration of a member of the Naples-based Camorra crime confederation living in Barcelona and whose current whereabouts are unknown.
After that, police discovered that the two arrested men now in Barcelona were linked with the stockpiling and distribution of the drug destined for Italy.
The two men managed four restaurants in Barcelona, but investigators determined that their expenditures were significantly above what their income from the eateries would have allowed them. EFE