Massive Police Operation Busts Drugs Cartel Close to Portuguese Border

Masssive police operation in Heulva smashes drugs cartel. image: Twitter

The Guardia Civil special drug trafficking unit arrested 15 people believed to be part of a drug cartel operating across the region of Huelva in Spain – close to the Spanish border.

SOURCES at the Guardia Civil have said that this operation is the second phase of the so-called ‘Operation Colón’ carried out at the end of last June, together with Customs officers and with the deployment of more than 500 officers – 32 people were arrested.

The arrests today have been in the towns of Huelva and Punta Umbría; the first 10 have been carried out before noon, with five more added later throughout the morning. The operation is still ongoing, which is why the Guardia Civil expects that the number of detainees will continue to increase throughout tomorrow.

This new batch of arrests brings the total number of those practised in ‘Operation Colón’ to 47, of which seven of them have been in prison for almost a month and the rest, except for three who did not go to court, released on charges.

The detainees today have been transferred to the offices of the Huelva Guardia Civil Command, and they are expected to go to court throughout the day tomorrow. Officers from the GAR (Rapid Action Group), the Coordination Body against Drug Trafficking (OCCN), and the OCON Sur unit, the Huelva Command, and Customs have participated in the operation.

‘Operation Columbus’ has been the largest of its kind that has been carried out in Huelva and the focus of this operation was the disarticulation of an international organisation against trafficking in hashish.

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