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ALGECIRAS (Agencies) The Mossos d'Esquadra (regional police of Catalonia), in cooperation with the Guardia Civil, have recovered 20 tons of nickel that had been stolen in Algeciras last year. Also recovered at a scrapyard in Sant Adrià de Besòs, near Barcelona, are 35 tons of copper and other metals, as well as three luxury vehicles and two large-cylinder motorbikes (one of them a custom-built Harley valued at €35,000), plus several heavy vehicles used in transporting the metal and stolen from several businesses all over the country. A total of 27 people have been arrested in the operation so far -more are expected- of whom 15 are accused of stealing the metal and the heavy vehicles needed for transport, and the rest of distributing or selling it. Sources report that the gang is made up of people from Eastern Europe -allegedly doing the stealing- and the rest are Spanish, allegedly receiving it.