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22 members of a criminal organisation involved in large-scale drug trafficking arrested in Almeria

Combined operation of the Tax Agency and the National Police

  • They operated with speedboats to 'smuggle' the drugs from the high seas to the coast of Granada and Almeria and transported the drugs to any point of the peninsula using the 'go fast' method.
  • 745 kilos of hashish, 2,600 ecstasy pills, cocaine, crystal meth, two recreational boats and a marijuana plantation have been seized.
  • The arrested men, nine of whom have been imprisoned, are accused of drug trafficking, belonging to a criminal organisation and electricity fraud.

11 June 2022.- Customs Surveillance officers from the Tax Agency, in a joint operation with agents from the National Police, have arrested 22 members of a criminal organisation dedicated to large-scale drug trafficking in Almeria.They operated with speedboats to 'smuggle' the drugs from the high seas to the coast of Granada and Almeria and transported the drugs to any point on the peninsula using the 'go fast' method. A total of 745 kilos of hashish, 2,600 ecstasy pills, cocaine, crystal meth, two recreational boats and a marijuana plantation have been seized.The arrestees, nine of whom have been remanded in prison, are charged with drug trafficking, membership of a criminal organisation and electricity fraud.

The investigation, which was initially carried out in collaboration with the Guardia Civil, began in October last year.The agents found out that several people in the province of Almeria, linked to recreational boats, could be linked to the transport of hashish to the Almeria coast and that they had made their mission of 'smuggling' drugs their way of life.

The agents' investigations detected that the organisation, once it reached the coast with the boats loaded with the narcotics, was received by a large group of people who began to unload the bales of hessian with the narcotics, to then hide them in a van that quickly left the place along rural roads and between greenhouses to try to evade possible surveillance and tracking.

In this first phase, a boat was detected which, after speeding towards the coast, ran aground on the Alcazaba beach, where the people in charge of unloading the drugs and the transporters were located, and the pilots of the boat and five other people were arrested.During the operation, the van carrying 720 kilos of hashish concealed in 24 bales was intercepted in a greenhouse area.

From speedboats to 'go fast

After the previous operation, the investigators realised the organisation's great capacity to readapt to the police hit and to be able to continue with their criminal activity, finding out that the method they used from that moment on was known as 'go fast'.

By this method, using large vehicles arranged in a caravan with divided functions - one as a 'shuttle' with security functions and the other loaded with drugs - they transported drugs from different parts of Andalusia to Catalan provinces.These journeys, surrounded by heavy security measures, were made at high speed and without stopovers, from pick-up point to drop-off point.

A 'nursery' run by a married couple

The agents' investigations led to the location of a 'nursery' in the home of a couple who were members of the organisation, which was located in the Almería municipality of La Mojonera, as well as a marijuana plantation.With all the information gathered, five searches were finally carried out in various municipalities of Almería -Vícar, Roquetas de Mar, El Ejido and La Mojonera-.

During the searches, which were carried out with an extensive police operation, 25 kilos of hashish, 2,600 ecstasy pills, 57 grams of cocaine and 43 grams of crystal meth were seized.A blank revolver with ammunition, 18 mobile phone devices, more than 5,000 euros in cash, as well as all the material found in the marijuana plantation were also seized.

In addition to the seven arrests made in the first phase, 15 arrests of Russian and Spanish nationals were made during the second phase.The 22 people arrested have been handed over to the judicial authorities as suspects in the crimes of drug trafficking, membership of a criminal organisation and electricity fraud, and nine of them have been imprisoned.

Film of the operation (go to the following website to download the video):

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