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One of the most active cocaine sales gangs in Spain falls, with 16 detainees

joint operation of the Police and the Civil Guard in which 107 kilos of cocaine are seized

joint operation of the Police and the Civil Guard in which 107 kilos of cocaine are seized

The National Police together with the Civil Guard has dismantled one of the most active criminal organizations in the distribution of cocaine in Jaén, Granada and other Spanish provinces and what was there increased their activity during pandemic, in an operation with 16 detainees in which 107 kilos of this drug intervened.

As reported by the Police, it has been a joint operation between both bodies and complex due to the extensive scope of action of those investigated, their high criminal specialization and the use of a fleet of high-end vehicles with sophisticated concealment systems for the execution of their criminal activities.

The now disjointed band distributed significant amounts of cocaine throughout the national territory and had increased its “frenzied criminal activity” during the time of restrictions caused by the pandemic of coronavirus, details the Police. In fact, it had devised new criminal schemes to try not to attract attention, thus generating a sense of false impunity among its members.

From the beginning of the investigation, the agents focused on identifying and arresting the participants in the criminal network, presumably, those responsible for the distribution of significant amounts of cocaine by different provinces of the peninsular territory and by Ibiza. The investigators detected that, within its criminal planning, the network had the intention of increasing the flow of narcotics destined for the islands in the face of the summer season.

The agents verified that members of the organization maintained links with people settled in Galicia, who were located in the tier of suppliers of the narcotic substance. In turn, they also had links with groups in Asturias, where one of the main actors in the network was arrested: a businessman linked to the hospitality sector in that province.

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The police investigations revealed that the investigated group had sophisticated means of transporting way, as vehicles that would open the way for them on the road and alert them to any surveillance or police control, or sophisticated concealment systems, between these double hydraulic funds. These were not the only difficulties the researchers encountered as the organization used encrypted messaging software to establish contact between its members, making police action even more difficult.

Various phases

In a first phase of the operation, carried out in May, were seized 50 kilos of cocaine hidden in a double bottom of a tourism and 370,000 euros hidden in another double fund of another tourism. The agents detained four people. Subsequently, four properties were registered in the provinces of Valencia and Madrid, where several high-end vehicles, encrypted communication media, cash and documentation related to the now dismantled criminal structure were intervened.

In a second level, developed in June, the agents made eleven entries and searches in different provinces (Pontevedra, Asturias, Jaén, Granada, Alicante and the Balearic Islands) and another five members of the band were arrested. Then 1.3 kilograms of cocaine, mobile phone terminals, 32,000 euros in cash and five vehicles used by the organization were seized.

In a third phase of exploitation, carried out at the end of June, 15 kilos of cocaine were seized hidden in a double bottom of the vehicle of one of those investigated. Subsequently, two entries and searches were carried out in Valencia and Madrid, where three people were arrested and 40 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of methamphetamine and 500 grams of pink cocaine were seized. The investigation has ended with 16 detainees, 18 entries and records, 107 kilos of cocaine seized, two kilos of methamphetamine, 500 grams of pink cocaine, 403,000 euros in bills of various values ​​and 12 intervened vehicles. The investigation is directed by the Court of Instruction number 1 of Orihuela (Alicante) and the Anti-Drug Prosecutor’s Office of Alicante.

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