Crime & Justice

Thirteen arrested in France for double murder linked to Marseille drug traffickers

Paris, Jan 22 (EFE). – A joint operation between French and Spanish authorities ended with the arrest of thirteen people on Monday, including the four alleged perpetrators of a double murder committed in May 2023 in Salou, Spain, linked to drug trafficking gangs in Marseille.

The public prosecutor of Marseille, Nicolas Bessone, and the deputy head of the General Commission of Criminal Investigation of the Mossos d’ Esquadra (Catalan Police), Juan Carlos Granja Figueras, announced the arrests in a press conference.

“We have charged the four members of the commando responsible for the murder of Salou,” said the prosecutor.

Bessone pointed out that there are eight women among the detainees, suspected of belonging to the DZ mafia group, which is part of the internal wars between the gangs of the Yoda clan, to which the two victims belonged.

The four members that committed the crime, and another woman who served as a hook, are in custody, while the rest, considered accomplices, are on probation.

Among the latter are three women who contributed to the escape of three members of the commando and the person who provided them with the apartment in the south of France where they took refuge.

The investigation was launched immediately after the murder of two men outside a hotel in Salou on May 3, 2023, by unknown assailants who fled in a car stolen in Marseille.

A surveillance perimeter made it possible to locate the car in a service area on the AP7 highway to France, with two handguns, one long gun, and two hand grenades inside.

At the scene one of the members of the commando who set it on fire was arrested.

The investigation immediately led to Marseille gangs, a joint task force of Spanish and French authorities was created.

The prosecutor highlighted the “excellent cooperation between the French police and the Mossos d’Esquadra” and assured that it must continue because “Catalonia can serve as a rearguard for the Marseille gangs.

“Criminals do not stop at the Pyrenean border,” he added.

The Marseille public prosecutor, who a year ago declared war on the drug trafficking gangs that have long plagued France’s second city, said that the Salou operation marked “a before and after.”

On the one hand, this double crime “shows the ability of these (criminal) organizations to quickly set up a command, project themselves abroad and assassinate important members of the opposing clan.”

So far, he points out, the victims of these crimes have been petty criminals.

In addition, the double crime in Salou, according to the prosecutor, illustrates the superiority of the DZ Mafia over Yoda. EFE

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