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A Gibraltar-based lawyer has been arrested in a Spanish police operation aimed at cracking down on the laundering of the proceeds of drug trafficking.

Police have confirmed that a 42-year-old man has been arrested in Gibraltar on suspicion of being involved in an arrangement for the acquisition or control of criminal property on behalf of another person.

However, police would not be required to confirm whether the two arrests are related, saying only that they are investigating money laundering issues but are unable to comment further at this time.

The Spanish operation resulted in the arrest of two lawyers in Spain, one with an office in Gibraltar and living in Sotogrande, the other in another town in Campo.

Both have been linked to the activities of the drug gang known as “Castañitas”, whose leader Isco Tejon is currently on bail.

The arrests were carried out by agents belonging to the OCON group of the Guardia Civil and the proceedings will be carried out by the Court of First Instance of La Línea de la Concepción. The investigations, opened by the anti-drug prosecution of Campo de Gibraltar, remain open and new arrests are not excluded in the coming days.

Neither the lawyers arrested in Spain, nor the man arrested in Gibraltar, have been charged or identified at this stage.

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