Spain’s central government has responded by sending police reinforcements to the region, but unions say it is not enough. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Drug gangs are becoming increasingly bold in southern Spain, unloading hashish on beaches in broad daylight and clashing with police, alarming police unions who warn the groups could join forces to form a powerful cartel. Every week seems to bring a new report of brazen behavior by traffickers in the southwestern province of Cadiz, the arrival point of 40 percent of all drugs that come to Spain and the largest gateway for narcotics entering Europe.Spain's central government has responded by sending police reinforcements to the region, but unions say it is not enough.For police unions, however, the rise in seizures merely reflects a jump in the amount of drugs entering the country. It is estimated that only about 20 percent of the drugs coming to Spain are detected.Police unions have said that 30 groups dedicated to drug trafficking operate in the region, with more than 3,000 direct collaborators.
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