Malaga – Costa del Sol | Eight arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a man who paid them 100,000 euros for drugs in counterfeit money

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The victim, who was seized in La Cala de Mijas and detained in Manilva, managed to escape but was shot in the arm. Arrests took place in Mijas, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Algeciras and Madrid

It was broad daylight and they made no attempt to hide what they were doing from people on the street in La Cala de Mijas. On January 12 this year, three people rushed out of a car and beat up a man before forcing him into the vehicle and driving off.

Witnesses called the Guardia Civil to report the incident, and this was the start of an investigation called Operation Costala which has now come to an end.

The agents alerted all patrols in the province of Malaga to search for the car and the individual who had been abducted. A few hours later, a man matching his description appeared 77 kilometers away in Manilva. He had suffered serious injuries and multiple bruises on his body from the beatings and had been shot in one arm. He said his captors shot him as he escaped from the house he was being held in. He was admitted to hospital for surgery.

The victim reportedly told police that his captors had demanded 100,000 euros for his release. The clues he was able to provide to the police enabled them to find the Manilva property where he had been detained.

Research Reveals Evidence

Once inside the house, officers saw evidence of the crimes that had been committed, including the bullet that had been fired at the kidnapping victim.

After this first search, the police began to identify the people involved. Eight were arrested (two women and six men) in Mijas, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Algeciras and Madrid. All are believed to be part of a drug trafficking gang.

During subsequent searches, the Guardia Civil also found a firearm and the caliber matched that of the bullet found in the house, some 100,000 euros in counterfeit notes and a scanner used to detect electronic devices.

Police believe the counterfeit money could have been used in a failed drug deal between the kidnap victim and those who seized him, and that is why they demanded 100,000 euros as a condition of his release.

Those arrested are charged with membership in a criminal organization, illegal detention, causing injury and illegal possession of weapons.

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