Spain’s neglected southern corner is reeling under an escalating war between authorities and crime gangs.
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Faces hidden by masks and hoods, a group of 40 men emerge from the darkness of beachfront houses and step into the sand as a state-of-the-art speedboat approaches the shore.The boat vanishes into the night, still holding half of its cargo.Another night, another chapter in the battle between Spanish authorities and the crime gangs who have turned this neglected town in the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar into a key European entry point for Moroccan cannabis resin.A week after the attack, the country's Interior Minister descended on the town with an entourage of bodyguards and special police forces.Despite its struggles with trafficking, Spain is the European Union member seizing the largest volumes of both cocaine and cannabis. Of the 373 tons of drugs seized in Spain last year, according to the Interior Ministry, 145 tons were cannabis resin confiscated in the Campo de Gibraltar region, a 45 percent increase from 2016 .
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