Spanish National Police and Civil Guard arrested the suspected chief of an organised crime group that allegedly operated throughout Europe in drug trafficking, assassinations and money laundering, as footage from earlier in May filmed in Huelva shows.

Footage released by Spanish Police shows several officers entering the suspect's residence, inspecting the rooms and confiscating various items such as jewellery, electronics and cash.

According to Europol, the owner of the residence is a 48-year-old Lithuanian man, who was arrested by operation 'Icebreaker' along with 41 other suspects in Poland, Lithuania, Spain and the United Kingdom on the 15th and 16th of May.

In total, 40 houses were reportedly searched and €8 million (US$ 9 million) in cash was seized by the investigators.

The EU police agency believes the organisation earned over €680 million (US$ 776,5 million) from drugs and cigarette trafficking into the UK.

According to Europol, the money was then illegally smuggled to Poland, where it was laundered and reinvested in real estate in Spain and other countries.

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Associated Press 11 May 2020 11:44 CEST

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