The Civil Guard, within the framework of the Operation Mop, has dismantled a network dedicated to hashish and marijuana trafficking in Europe, which carried out caches along the coasts of Andalusia and also supplied other criminal organizations with boats, fuel, food and crews, which has led to the arrest of 100 people and the seizure of 5,040 kilos of hashish and 230 kilos of marijuana buds .
As detailed in a press release by the Benemérita, they have also intervened one simulated long gun, one taser pistol, five vehicles -including two trucks-, navigation, computer and communication material, and abundant documentation.
The investigation began when it became known that an organization would be launching boats down the Guadalquivir river, the clan known as Monparlet, which also engaged in logistical tasks of concealment of high-speed boats.
The agents found out that the investigated organization would also be launching the boats between the Sevillian towns of Isla Mayor and La Puebla del Río, area of marshes and therefore difficult to access from land.
On the other hand, several ships were located in industrial estates on the outskirts of Seville, that served to hide the boats while repair and maintenance work was carried out.
One branch of the organization was dedicated to petaqueo (supplying fuel to the semi-rigid). These are very powerful boats with three or four engines that require a lot of fuel. This branch had small recreational boats that from the ports of the Atunara, Sotogrande (both from the province of Cádiz) and The Duchess (Malaga) left to supply fuel, food and, if necessary, make the crew changes and thus restart the hashish route to Morocco.
During the course of the operation, agents have seized 1,170 kilos of hashish in Matalascañas, coastal town of Almonte (Huelva), 3,240 kilos in Adra (Almería) and 330 kilos in La Línea de la Concepción (Cádiz), so the Civil Guard highlights the powerful infrastructure they had to carry out caches along all the coasts of Andalusia.
Trucks with fruit
Another branch of the same organization transported the drugs that were introduced in the Iberian Peninsula to Europe. For it, They used trucks that they hid in a polygon in the Sevillian town of Dos Hermanas. The drug was usually hidden among fruits alternating hashish with marijuana batches.
As a result of these investigations, apprehensions were made in these trucks, with the support of French Customs 105 kilograms of marijuana were seized at Dax. In Spain two more trucks: one in Badajoz, where 300 kilos of hashish were seized, and 125 kilos of marijuana in Irún (Guipúzcoa).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.