Agents of the Anti-Drug Organized Crime Team of the Judicial Police Organic Unit of the Algeciras Command (Cádiz) have completed an operation in which dismantle a major criminal organization that was dedicated to introduce large amounts of hashish from Morocco through the Andalusian coasts. In total they have entering prison the nine alleged members who held the most responsible positions within the criminal structure.

As explained by the Civil Guard in a note, the operation, which has been directed by the Court of Instruction number 5 of Algeciras and coordinated by the Anti-Drug Prosecutor’s Office of Campo de Gibraltar, ended on May 4 with the carrying out of 13 house searches in the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga, and the arrest of the main leaders of the organization, in a device that included the participation of more than 200 agents belonging to the Algeciras and Malaga Commands, OCON SUR and GAR.

During the operation, 38 active members of the criminal organization have been linked, with the nine members who held the most responsible positions within the criminal structure being imprisoned. Also, they have seized three tons of hashish and four high-speed boats have been seized.

In addition, it has been possible to link the criminal organization with various caches and launchings of frustrated ships in the provinces of Cádiz, Seville, Málaga and Granada. Finally, on April 9, a definitive action took place, when Civil Guard units from Algeciras and Malaga together with OCON-SUR intercepted a cache in Estepona, where two people were arrested and three tons of hashish were seized.

The Civil Guard has highlighted that the criminals had developed a very complex structure to carry out its illicit activity in points very diverse of the Spanish geography. The objective of this relocation of activities was to make investigation work as difficult as possible, evidencing the criminals’ concern about the police and judicial pressure suffered in recent years in the Campo de Gibraltar area.

During the investigation it has been possible to locate several nurseries that were used to hide the boats of high speed in Valladolid, which were later launched by different points that could vary from towns in the province of Granada, to different launching points located at the mouth of the Ebro River.

Currently, criminal organizations dedicated to hashish trafficking in this area have been forced to relocate their operations hundreds of kilometers away, when just five years ago they were made entirely in the Campo de Gibraltar. For this reason, the support of the Civil Guard investigation units in all these provinces has been decisive.

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