THE Guardia Civil have arrested three Germans, one of them a minor, who were allegedly involved in the illegal purchase and sale of imported cars, in the Arenal area and the south coast of Majorcan.
According to the Guardia Civil, their chief customers were Germans who live on the island. A spokesman said that investigations had been underway for several weeks and further arrests had not been ruled out.
The suspects were named as Uwe B, aged 46, Cornelia H, 43, and her son, aged 16.
It is alleged that they purchased imported cars, some of which had been taken off the road, and fitted them with number plates stolen in Germany and Spain. They are also alleged to have forged the papers for them, including road permits or MoT cards. A search of their home, in the Campos countryside, revealed eight vehicles, most of them top of the range, with number plates (German, British and Spanish), some of which had been manipulated, according to the Guardia Civil.
The spokesman said that other assets valued at 150'000 euros had also been seized.
At the time of their arrest, the three suspects were driving through the Arenal area in an Opel Frontera with German plates.
The Guardia Civil report alleges that the number plates had been manipulated as the stamps, both the provincial German stamps and those of the MoT, seemed to have been stuck on top of old ones.
The Guardia Civil also seized various bank documents and identity cards in the names of different people and various German and Spanish number plates.
Official Spanish and German documents were also found and were said to include MoT inspection cards, road tax certificates, international driving licences, insurance papers and other documents connected with all the paperwork involved in the purchase, sale or transfer of vehicles.
Several of the documents were reported to be blank, while others were originals which had allegedly been manipulated.
The search of their home also produced several stamps of official offices connected with the MoT for German vehicles, colour photocopies of German provincial stamps ready to be inserted in the number plates, and tools which could allegedly have been used for counterfeiting.
The Guardia Civil also allege that precision scales and notes on the possible sale of drugs were also found.