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Thursday, July 25, 2013 - Page updated at 05:00 a.m.

Spain police arrest 25 Hells Angels in Mallorca


The Associated Press

Spanish police say they have arrested 25 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on the Mediterranean resort island of Mallorca.

A police statement issued Wednesday said the group's alleged European leader, German citizen Frank Hanebuth, was among those detained in 31 house raids.

Police said the 25 were wanted for suspected drug trafficking, trafficking in human beings, extortion, money laundering and corruption.

The statement said Hanebuth owned an estate on Mallorca valued at 2.5 million euros ($3.3 million) where the gang had planned to build a Formula One race track.

Police say several cars and motorcycles, as well as arms, cash and jewelry were seized in the operation Tuesday.

Authorities in Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Austria helped in the two-year investigation.

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