The police of Catalonia and the Spanish Guardia Civil have launched a large-scale operation against the Armenian mafia. According to the Spanish newspaper EL PAÍS, about 100 arrests are expected as a result of searches conducted at 70 addresses in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, and Albacete.
According to the police, this is the largest Armenian criminal organization, which is based in Europe and has ties in the US, France, Belgium, Italy, and Lithuania. The organized group lives on robbery, extortion, arms trafficking, money laundering, bribery, forgery of documents, illegal drug trafficking and smuggling of tobacco.
According to the local press, one of the thieves in law or his protege was already arrested this morning in Badalona. The large-scale operation is aligned with the November arrests, during which 23 members of thief in law Kahaber Shushanashvili’s gang were detained. He is currently doing time in a Spanish prison.