THE Guardia Civil’s war on drugs continues to rage on as they have arrested a man often referred to as the ‘Lord of Algeciras’ Port’ in Andalusia, Spain.

Alongside his 32-year-old son, the 54-year-old man, who has been named by police as JGM, were taken into custody after a raid on the man’s 7 homes uncovered a whopping €710,000 in cash. Most of the money was hidden in shoe boxes under beds and encased in a pool table.

As part of the ‘Estratum’ operation, police centred their investigation on the man they strongly suspected for being the kingpin of a crime gang that were dedicated to smuggling large quantities of cocaine from the Port of Algeciras.

JGM had been linked to drug trafficking for decades, starting his deviant career in his early 20’s. Although he was arrested for offences in the past, the police were never able to provide enough evidence to link him to the drugs – until today (December 14). The arrest is said to be a huge win for the Guardia Civil who consider the man to be “one of the most violent and dangerous people in Gibraltar.”

In addition to the money found in JGM’s vast properties, 14 bank accounts linked to the man and holding a significant sum of money have been frozen. A yacht valued at €100,000 11 high-end vehicles and a brand new motorhome have also been seized.  

Carried out by the Central Operating Unit of the Guardia Civil, the operation led on from a series of arrests in the summer, where 21 people were taken into custody after 480 kilos of cocaine was found on a vessel in the port.

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Officers found a significant amount of cash at the man’s home. Credit: Guardia Civil.
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Isha Sesay