By Cathy Elelman • 21 November 2019 • 17:30
RESULT: Raids on four properties led to the seizure of more than 3,000 kilos of hashish and 300 grammes of cocaine.
CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria
THE leaders of a family clan accused of smuggling hashish into the province on fishing boats are behind bars.
The Almeria Guardia Civil reported that, working in collaboration with the Organised Crime Unit based in Alicante, it had busted one of the most active criminal organisations dedicated to this kind of crime.
The authorities launched Operation Carbotage back in February to investigate the illegal transport of drugs from Morocco in small fishing boats to fishing ports on Almeria coast.
The drugs would be stored in a safe place for subsequent distribution to third countries and, to a lesser extent, elsewhere in Spain.
According to the Guardian, the arrested individuals were highly experienced operators making investigations into their activities more complicated. However, the participation of the specialised Guardia Cviil units using the latest technology meant the investigation came to a successful conclusion.
In the final phase of the operation at the end of October, the Guardia raided four properties and made 13 arrests, six of them members of the same family. They also found more than 3,000 kilos of hashish, 300 grammes of cocaine, marijuana, MDMA, materials used for preparing drugs for sale, €55,000 in cash and arms.
A number of fishing boats were seized during the operation, including one off the coast of Murcia which led to the arrest of three individuals and the apprehension of 1,000 kilos of
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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