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Raid on 'Europe's biggest drug dealer' Robert Dawes

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Media captionRobert Dawes lived a 'life of luxury', Spanish police said

Dramatic footage has been released of a raid on the Spanish home of a British man, accused of running Europe's largest drug-trafficking network.

Robert Dawes is being held by French authorities on suspicion of trafficking over a tonne of cocaine worth €200m (£145m).

The 44-year-old, from Nottinghamshire, is also being investigated over a series of murders in the Netherlands.

The international operation has seen a further 50 arrests.

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Image caption Spanish police raided Robert Dawes' home on the Costa del Sol last month

Mr Dawes is accused of running Europe's "largest criminal organisation dedicated to drug trafficking, money laundering and murder", Spanish police said.

The seized cocaine arrived in France hidden in suitcases on a flight from South America.

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Image caption Robert Dawes, originally from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was picked up by Spain's Guardia Civil on a European arrest warrant

Police believe he was working with well-known South American drug cartels and the Italian Mafia, and was exporting large quantities of heroin to the UK from Afghanistan and Turkey.

He is also being investigated over a "wave" of drug-related murders in the Netherlands.

Mr Dawes was arrested last month and extradited to France after police raided his home in Benalmadena on the Costa del Sol.

The international police operation has also seized boats and planes.

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Image caption The cocaine seized in France was worth an estimated 200m euros

Mr Dawes, who is originally from Sutton-in-Ashfield, was wanted for international drug trafficking.

He and his brother John were linked to Nottinghamshire kingpin, Gary Hardy, who was jailed for 20 years for drugs offences in 2008.

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Image caption Robert Dawes lived "in luxury", according to Spanish authorities

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