Rabat - Spanish police arrested the four leaders of a criminal network helping undocumented Algerians to cross to Spain using go-fasts, on Saturday.
Rabat – Spanish police arrested the four leaders of a criminal network helping undocumented Algerians to cross to Spain using go-fasts, on Saturday.
The network was selecting potential migrants from the Algerian people of the Temporary Living Centre for Migrants (CETI) in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Morocco, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The Spanish police also seized over € 10,000 along with mobile phones, cameras, documents, and weapons.
The criminal network with one of the most dangerous criminal in Ceuta, ‘El Rubio’, at its head, charged 2,000 euros per person and made over € 26,000 of benefits for each trip.
The investigation started five months ago after the police found crafts used to transport Algerians to Algeciras, south of Spain. The network was involved in human trafficking because it brought more benefits.
This arrest comes on the heels of the unprecedented increase of undocumented immigrants in the Mediterranean, which puts pressure on both Spain and Morocco.
Both countries have increased their efforts in stopping the undocumented migration these past months. Morocco’s General Directorate of National Safety (DGSN) dismantled a criminal network of the same kind on Wednesday in Tangier, North of Morocco.
On Saturday, the DGSN also arrested six individuals involved in organizing undocumented migration operations targeting Sub-Saharan Africans and seized equipment in Nador, in the Rif region northern Morocco.