Spanish National Police arrested 61 members of a sophisticated Georgian organized crime group specialized in burglaries. Overall, agents conducted 26 searches, seizing €33,000 euro, 8 vehicles, 7,100 tobacco packets, and many stolen pieces of jewelry.
The 61 arrested individuals formed nine different criminal cells, all located in Madrid. Each cell had links to different Spanish provinces such as Malaga, Seville, Sabadell, Barcelona, and Bilbao. Among the arrested individuals are five zedamxedveli (Georgian word for a supervisor). These supervisors took over key roles in the organized crime group.
The zedamxedveli were in charge of providing logistical support, monitoring the criminal cells and keeping the leaders of the criminal organization updated. Some of the arrested zedamxedveli had legal jobs in Spain, such as staff in a construction company in Seville, or a private security guard in Madrid. In doing so they tried to hide the profits illegally obtained and to avoid suspicions.
The main target of the operation is the boss of the organized crime gang. This man has a vast criminal background involving kidnapping, assassination, and more. He headed the criminal group from Italy, supported by the five supervisors in Spain.
This operation is considered as the second phase of Operation AIKON, which was already conducted by the Spanish National Police and supported by Europol. In the first phase fifty members of Georgian organized crime were detained. Some of them have been arrested again in this second phase, which was supported by Europol and French and Georgian authorities.
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