Ten Brit expats arrested in Magaluf on serious drugs charges

Published:  6 Sep at 6 PM
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Ten British nationals living in Magaluf ‘s Punta Ballenna have been arrested on charges of drug dealing.

The gang, four of whom are women, had been boasting openly on social media about their jobs, which involved targeting visitors to local nightclubs and lap dancing bars. According to local police, a huge quality and range of illegal drugs was being supplied to the island’s regular partygoers. The Guardia Civil operation has been rated as an overwhelming success, with coordinated raids resulting in the seizure of massive quantities of drugs worth more than €150,000 and cash to the value of €100,000.

The entire haul included hashish, nitrous oxide, three kilos of cocaine, methamphetamines and endless amounts of MDMA tablets, all of which were set up for distribution in the notorious party district of Punta Ballena. In addition, a dozen raids in Barcelona, Palma and Magaluf netted yet more cash, four top-of-the-range cars and a selection of high-end watches.

The six men arrested are Karl Clegg, Derrick Rushton, Lee Ford, Jamie Burton, Dean Christie and Aaron Harden, and the four British women are Jessica Rushton, Kerry-Anne Scott, Megan Tattershall and Stephanie Morgan. All have been charged with drug-related offences and are being held in prison awaiting the trial. Bail has been refused as the gang members are considered a flight risk.

At the same time, two other Britons were arrested but have been released without being charged, and a Domenican citizen along with a Spaniard are still in custody pending further enquiries. Local sources have confirmed most of the group worked in demand as street-based PRs for Magaluf’s bars and nightclubs, thus gaining access to thousands of punters, many of whom were looking for drug-related enhancements to a night out.

Two of the women who were arrested worked at a well-known local hairdressing salon, giving them access to partying expats and tourists, and a further two worked at venues holding regular rave-style parties. The successful police operation involved helicopter surveillance, canine units and the Guardia Civil’s Organised Crime Unit along with wire taps and other tech-based operations, and is expected to have dismantled the entire drug-running operation.
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