Dubai arrests drug kingpin of Kompania Bello a 350 mln euro European crime syndicate

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Dubai police arrested Denis Matoshri, a leader of the Albanian-speaking “Kompania Bello” criminal group – a transnational organized crime syndicate involved in drug trafficking and smuggling operations between South America and Europe with an estimated street value of 350 million euros (1 billion and 523 million dirhams).

“As part of an international operation code-named ‘Los Blancos’, Dubai Police arrested the suspect who is wanted by the Italian authorities on charges of: criminal complicity and leading a drug-trafficking gang at an international level,” Dubai police said in a statement on Thursday.

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“The operation, which involved the anti-drug departments of 10 countries, resulted in apprehending 20 wanted gang leaders in a synchronized series of raids last Tuesday,” Dubai police added.

Major General Khalil Ibrahim al-Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police, said: “‘Los Blancos’ operation was carried out by Dubai Police professional SWAT team, in cooperation with several policing agencies across eleven countries, to arrest 20 wanted gang leaders.”

He added: “The criminals were brought down in one synchronized blow at Italy, Albania, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Netherlands, and the UAE.”

The arrest

Colonel Saeed al-Qamzi, director of the Wanted Persons Department at Dubai Police, said they placed the suspect under close surveillance over several days before receiving the Red Notice against him.

“Upon exchanging information with the Italian authorities, we identified the drug kingpin whereabouts and monitored his daily movements and apprehended as soon as we received the Red Notice”, Colonel al-Qamzi added.

He said that “Matoshi is wanted by the Italian authorities on charges of leading an organized criminal gang responsible for drug trafficking operations.”

“Along with other gang leaders, the suspect managed to smuggle and transport hundreds of tons of drugs to Europe through seaports and sold them to drug users,” Colonel al-Qamzi added.

“Matoshi will be handed over to the competent authorities at the Italian Interpol after presenting him before the Public Prosecution in Dubai and taking legal actions to obtain his extradition warrant per the international laws in this regard,” Dubai Police said.

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