MADRID -- Spanish police say they seized more than 3 tons of cocaine and broke up a major international drug trafficking gang whose leader lived in luxury in Madrid, posing as a soccer talent scout.
The National Police said the leader, who was not identified, employed a network of Serbian ex-soldiers to bring cocaine in yachts and cargo containers from Latin America to Europe. The gang used companies in Spain and Portugal to launder the proceeds.
Police said they found $865,000 in the man's house.
A police spokeswoman said Wednesday the leader and 68 others were arrested in recent months in Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia following a two-year probe.
She spoke on condition of anonymity as police regulations do not allow her to be identified publicly.