Police Discover Stradivarius During Raid on Romanian Prostitution Gang

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Police conducting a weekend raid on the Barcelona house of a suspected member of a gang of Romanian drug and people traffickers were surprised to discover a Stradivarius dating to 1715, reports Madrid's ABC.

The gang is headed by a Romanian named Catal‹n, who is currently incarcerated in Salamanca. He reportedly gave instructions that his subordinates were not to sell the violin for less than $1 million euros, although it is worth up to 2.5 million euros, according to ABC.

It is unclear where the violin came from or when it was stolen; it reportedly doesn't match up with any Strads known to be missing.

The mafia gang operates in Spain, Romania, and various EU countries; it is known for forcing women into prostitution. Spanish media report that it is possible one of the gang members played the instrument.


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