Spain gang used candy stores to sell drugs

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Spanish police say they have detained 35 people suspected of running a drug-dealing racket in which they used youths to sell drugs in areas frequented by young people, sometimes using candy shops as a cover-up.

Spain's Civil Guard police said the arrests took place in Sevilla, in the south of the country, following an operation that began in April. They added that 15 people had been jailed.

Agents raided 23 properties and dismantled a supply chain that sold cocaine, heroin, cannabis and methamphetamines.

Police said the suspects used the youths to sell the drugs in a bid to not arouse suspicion while targeting areas popular with adolescents such as youth centres.

The network also used candy stores to sell drugs, police said. During a raid on one of the stores police found enough high-quality cocaine to sell 800 doses.

Police also seized weapons, 90,000 euros ($A140,744) in cash, a motorcycle and several stolen goods.

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