Spain’s National Intelligence Center (CNI) announced on Monday that criminal organizations from Colombia have infiltrated the country, posing security threats to the state.
The head of the Spanish intelligence services, who could not be identified, said during a debate on organized crime that Colombian criminal gangs in Spain focused exclusively on drug trafficking. They operate mainly in small groups, making them highly flexible and adaptable, according to newspaper El Espectador.
The CNI head said while the presence of international organized crime networks in Spain was higher than desirable, it was average compared to neighboring European countries. However, prevention strategies and police intelligence have not grown in recent years.
Other criminal organizations plaguing Spain originate from Italy, China and former Soviet Union countries.