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Spanish police crack down on Chinese criminal gangs

Spanish police crack down on Chinese criminal gangs
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Spanish police have raided over one hundred premises in a nationwide crackdown on Chinese criminal gangs.

At least 80 people were arrested in the operation which focussed on money laundering and tax evasion.

Most of the raids took place in the capital Madrid and in Barcelona as a result of a two-year police investigation.

“These Mafia members took the money out of the country personally. They just took the money in bags and travelled to China with it,” said anti-corruption prosecutor Antonio Salinas.

Among those detained by police was art dealer and suspected gang leader Gao Ping.

Two Spaniards – International porn star Nacho Vidal plus a Madrid councillor were also arrested.

Police claim the network used front companies such as karaoke bars and restaurants. They then channelled money from rackets involving prostitution and extortion to tax havens with the help of Spanish intermediaries.