Spain police say 3.5 tons of cocaine seized and 69 arrested in Europe in breakup of drug gang

Spanish police say they seized more than 3 tons of cocaine and broke up a major international drug trafficking gang whose leader lived in luxury in Madrid, posing as a soccer talent scout.

The National Police said the leader, who was not identified, employed a network of Serbian ex-soldiers to bring cocaine in yachts and cargo containers from Latin America to Europe. The gang used companies in Spain and Portugal to launder the proceeds.

Police said they found 773,000 euros ($865,000) in the man's house.

A police spokeswoman said Wednesday the leader and 68 others were arrested in recent months in Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia following a two-year probe.

She spoke on condition of anonymity as police regulations do not allow her to be identified publicly.