The Civil Guard has detained 19 people and seized almost four tons of hashish in an operation in which it has dismantled a network dedicated to the international trafficking of hashish on the coasts of Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz).
The net he hid his caches in a 1.5 meter deep den under one of the greenhouses in the area near the coast, as explained by the armed institute in a press release.
In the so-called “Mystery” operation, in addition to 3,800 kilos of hashish, five boats (between semi-rigid and recreational), four engines, 36,000 euros, as well as thirteen vehicles, two firearms and different electronic devices have been seized.
The operation began in May 2020, when agents detected the existence of a criminal network that could be introducing cache of hashish through the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, one of the points to which drug trafficking has moved the most due to police pressure in Campo de Gibraltar.
In August the agents found out that the network was going to produce a cache in the agricultural area known as MonAlgiebaida, so they organized a device.
One of the agents observed how inside a greenhouse near the point where he was going to enter, the earth was turned.
The researchers decided excavate there and found a concrete slab 1.5 meters deep. Under it, there was a den in which there were 46 bales of hashish weighing 1,378 kilos.
In the following months, while the investigations continued, the Civil Guard seized other caches from the organization with 830, 398 and 1,200 kilograms of hashish.
During the investigations, the agents revealed how the network worked and who made it up, despite taking numerous security measures and the fact that its components, especially its leaders, were very violent people.
Thus, investigators located the ringleader, which was in charge of directing all operations and maintaining contacts with Moroccan organizations.
At a lower level, would be the logistics manager who, in addition to being involved in the transfers and launching of the vessels, would be responsible for the supply of fuel and the execution of the caches.
Four other people with family ties to the previous ones acted as their “lieutenants” and, among other things, were in charge of the maintenance and supply of cargo vehicles and boats and acted as heads of thcollarlas”, the hashish shippers who work unloading hash packages from boats to cars as fast as they can.
Two other people would be those responsible for security in caches. Thus, one of them would also provide mobile phones for landings and the other would also be in charge of setting up the boats and vehicles used to carry out illegal activities.
The researchers also found out the identities of the members of the crews of the vessels, a step of utmost importance for the networks because, being the most exposed to risk, they are among the most paid within the organization.
Once all the members of the network had been located, the exploitation phase of the operation was carried out, in which nine searches were made at homes in Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
Some 200 ciguards againstfrom the Cadiz Command participated in this raid, which culminated the “Mystery” operation.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.