STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
THE Guardia Civil arrested 25 people during a large-scale anti-drugs operations yesterday morning throughout Majorca.
The focus for the operation, which was launched at 6am yesterday, was the notorious Son Banya area of Palma where the head of the “La Paca” clan, Francisca Cortes Picazo, was among those arrested.

Several members of her family, including her husband, some of her children and at least one of her brothers, were also arrested during the investigation named Operation Kabul.

The Guardia Civil also seized cocaine and cash during raids on about 20 shacks in Son Banya.
In total, the Guardia Civil carried out 30 raids throughout Majorca during yesterday's operation, which was carried out during the course of the morning.

The object of the operation was the breaking up of one of the “most important” drug gangs in the island, according to sources within the investigation.
Members of the Guardia Civil from Palma, Madrid and Valencia were involved in the operation.
A police helicopter provided aerial support.
Members of the Prosecutor's Anti-drugs Office were also involved in the operation, which was directed by a Palma examining magistrate.
During the operation, the Guardia Civil arrested members of the “Moreno” clan, as well as the “La Paca” clan.
Francisca Cortes Picazo, also known as “La Paca”, has been arrested and convicted for drugs offences on a number of previous occasions.
Central Government's representative in Madrid, Ramon Socias, and Lieutenant Colonel Jaume Barcelo of the Guardia Civil are due to give a press conference on the operation later today.

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