UK men face drug charges in Spain

Hotel News - 22/01/2009

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James McDonald, 39, and Ronald O'Dea, 42, both from Glasgow, were arrested by Spanish police following raids last November. Also arrested were London residents Stephen Brown, 42 and Brian Rawlings, 63, in a co-operative operation between the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and Spanish authorities.

It is anticipated that the four men from the UK will spend several months in prison prior to their trial, which will be hel in Madrid, at the National Criminal Court.

Also as a part of the co-operative effort, Gerard Mooney, from Dublin, was arrested in Oxford in October of last year. Mooney was alleged to have been driving a truck on route to Scotland that contained 70kgs of speed when he was stopped by police.

Subsequent raids in Spain, which were conducted in Marbella, and also in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, resulted in the arrest of the four British men.

The money laundering charges are related to property that was seized in Spain, including luxury items with a total value of £11 million. Included in the property confiscated were several luxury automobiles and a yacht.

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