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Massive cocaine bust in Spain

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.

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