Between Estepona and Fuengirola, to the west of the province of Malaga, there are dozens of villages scattered over the mountain. Many formed by luxury homes with great security measures. Other, by small blocks occupied by just a few neighbors of different nationalities. No one walks in a slum whose only movement is the vehicle with tinted windows. The tranquility and anonymity are part of its essence. Like the sun that shines over 300 days a year.
in order To enjoy that quality of life, the moroccan Said B. S., 37 years old, moved from Belgium to Mijas. There he lived until an investigation of the Group of Special Response to Organized Crime (GRECO) of the Costa del Sol came with a BMW X5 and tuition German for your property. Two weeks of patient surveillance ended with his arrest near the Tennis Royal Club Marbella. On he weighed a European Arrest Warrant for being involved in the introduction of 26 kilos of cocaine in the Port of Antwerp.
Said B. was one of the 108 fugitives detained in the Costa del Sol during 2017 by the National Police, according to their data. In 2019 the figure has dropped to 31. The downward trend is constant during the last decade, as confirmed in the Ministry of the Interior. According to their figures, which include arrests of Civil Guard and local police forces, of the 129 detainees held in Malaga in 2012 he moved to 76 in 2018, the last year with available data.
While in Barcelona the figures grow from 57 to 95 in those same years and in Madrid, the half round 150 arrests per year, the Costa del Sol you lose weight as a shelter for refugees. “Here we’re all ears were erect, and they know it,” explains an experienced researcher of the GREEK Coast of the Sun, belonging to the Brigade Central Organized Crime of the National Police. The fashionable destination among refugees is now Dubai. There are hidden mafias irish settled in Malaga. Not forget Latin america. In Spain, Alicante, the Costa Brava and the Balearic islands are their best hideouts.
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The nationalities of those who seek to evaporate in Malaga are varied: moroccan, british, scandinavian, Latin american… does Not vary much of the crime committed: 90% are related to drug trafficking and its activities bordering. Many choose the Costa del Sol to continue, redo or to start a business with the cocaine as protagonist. The majority are men. There are killers, robbers, gang leaders for bikers. And exceptional cases as the woman who produced videos of a sexual nature with their young daughters arrested in August 2018, claimed by Sweden. I worked in Benalmadena in a company that was looking for housing to their fellow countrymen. The Costa del Sol makes it easy for criminals to go unnoticed. In Marbella live people from 143 nationalities, 120.
There are those who leads their children to school or participates in the social life. “Many others hide like rats,” says the agent. As H. M. A., author of a murder in 2014 in Ceuta, who lived between huge security measures in Casares and even wore a pair of jeans bulletproof. “We had never seen anything like it,” says another researcher at the GREEK. What he wore for fear of the police, but, above all, to rival organizations. It is another of the reasons why the fugitives, especially in the Balkans, avoid now the Costa del Sol: it is a hornet’s nest where it is easy to cross with enemies. They are now looking to the mediterranean areas in Greece and Italy. From the Group of Fugitives from the National Police to assure emphatically: “The Costa del Sol is no longer a safe place for those fleeing the Law.”