Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cadiz - Spain’s ‘narco town’

Six Cadiz gangs joined forces to form the Castañitas Cartel, headed by siblings Antonio and Francisco Tejon Castano. Recently police busted Antonio.

80% of drug-related arrests in Spain happen in Cadiz which is a major European cocaine conduit.
The brothers brought with them a rise in violence and brazen aggression against police. There have been at least 15 attacks against police vehicles in the last three years. Most recently an ambush occurred in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion. The neighborhood is adjacent to La Atunara, a maze of tiny streets where drug gangs have built “fortresses”. The attack might have been retaliation for the arrest of Antonio Tejon Castano.
Drug violence has been on the exponential rise in the south of Spain. High unemployment and a flood of Colombian cocaine are major reasons.