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Criminal organisation that imported large quantities of drugs from abroad through Spanish ports broken up

Operation of the Tax Agency, Civil Guard and National Police

  • The operation, carried out in Madrid and on the island of Ibiza, has resulted in the arrest of a total of 42 people.
  • 32 searches were carried out with the seizure of 50 kilos of cocaine, 143 kilos of hashish, 46 kilos of marijuana, 38 kilos of buds and 347,000 euros in cash, as well as different quantities of ecstasy and other synthetic drugs, in addition to heroin and cutting substances.
  • The members of the criminal network used 'booby-trapped' vehicles and courier services to move the drugs.

2 September 2022.- The Tax Agency, the Guardia Civil and the National Police, in a joint operation, have dismantled a criminal organisation dedicated to importing large consignments of drugs from abroad through Spanish ports.The operation, which took place in Madrid and on the island of Ibiza, resulted in the arrest of 42 people.

In addition, 32 entries and searches were carried out, in which 47 kilos of cocaine, 143 kilos of hashish, 46 kilos of marijuana, 38 kilos of buds, 347,000 euros in cash, as well as different quantities of ecstasy and other synthetic drugs, in addition to heroin and cutting substances were seized.Four small arms, three long arms, cartridges of different calibres, various bladed weapons and American fists were also seized, as well as 19 vehicles.

The operation began last year, when the police forces were carrying out separate operations against drug trafficking that ended up coming together in the same investigation.

In the course of the investigation, it was possible to determine the existence of a criminal network operating in Madrid and Ibiza, with all its members interrelated.The modus operandi consisted of importing large quantities of narcotic substances from abroad through Spanish ports.Once on national territory, the drugs were transported to Madrid, and from there to the island of Ibiza, using 'caleteado' vehicles, as well as parcel deliveries with false affiliations.

In order to carry out their criminal activities, the alleged perpetrators had numerous warehouses, chalets, flats and storage rooms, where they hid large plantations of marijuana, large amounts of money and other types of narcotic substances.

Madrid:cocaine shipments hidden in pineapples

The operation has been divided into several phases.Firstly, in August last year, a large package was intercepted on its entry onto the island of Ibiza, containing seven kilos of cocaine, 35 kilos of hashish and 12 kilos of marijuana.

As a result of the coordination between police forces, it was possible to determine the route of the narcotic substance.

The organisation, on the one hand, introduced drugs through ports such as Algeciras, where shipments of cocaine hidden in pineapples were seized, and on the other hand, the local production of other substances, such as marijuana and hashish.

Continuing the investigation, a further seizure of narcotic substance was made at the beginning of last month.It was 13 kilos of cocaine hidden in a vehicle with a double bottom at the entrance of the ferry in Ibiza.

In the last intervention, on 24 August, 17 homes in Madrid were searched and 16 people were arrested.Ten kilos of cocaine, 35 kilos of hashish and three marijuana plantations were seized.Also, four handguns, three shotguns and other bladed weapons, as well as 163,000 euros in cash, eight vehicles and luxury watches.

Island of Ibiza:ten drug sales points dismantled

On the island of Ibiza, searches were carried out in the towns of Ibiza and San José, and 26 people were arrested.In the 15 searches carried out, three marijuana plantations with 1,000 plants were dismantled and 18 kilos of dried buds were seized.

In addition, ten drug sales points were dismantled, from which various quantities of cocaine, hashish, ecstasy, pink cocaine and other designer drugs were seized.In addition, eleven vehicles and 178,000 euros in cash were seized.In the same operation, 31 kilos of cocaine, 35 kilos of hashish and 20 kilos of marijuana buds had already been seized in previous weeks when they were going to be introduced into the Balearic archipelago.

Filming of the operation (to download the video, please enter the following web address):

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