By Deirdre Tynan •
Published: 07 Jun 2021 • 16:34
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Credit: Guardia Civil
The Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal network engaged in the transport of large quantities of hashish. The network operated in Malaga, Pontevedra and Barcelona.
A TOTAL of 1,035 kilos of hashish has been intercepted in different phases, in addition to two high-powered inflatable boats valued at more than €300,000.
The Guardia Civil arrested 11 people suspected of being part of a criminal group specialised in the bringing of narcotic substances from Morocco to Spain and their transport to other destinations throughout Europe.
Several lorries, vans and high-end vehicles were also seized, the force said in a statement on June 5.
The operation began when officers learned of the existence of a criminal group who they suspected of planning to acquire large amounts of hashish in Morocco.
Last year, the Guardia Civil seized 705 kilograms of hashish the network had hidden among olive oil bound for France.
Around the same time the criminal gang suffered setbacks. A boat they owned sank off the coast of Granada, killing two people and a helicopter they used crashed near Pedrerea, near Sevilla, killing the pilot and co-pilot.
The gang relocated their headquarters to the Cadiz municipality of Jerez de la Frontera, but police continued to intercept their narcotics.
The investigation has been directed by the Court of Instruction number 1 in Penarroya-Pueblonuevo, Cordoba, and carried out by officers of the Team Against Organised Crime of the Central Operative Unit of the Guardia Civil based in Malaga, the Coordination Body Against Drug Trafficking, the Regional Centre for Analysis and Intelligence against Drug Trafficking, and the Comandancias of Malaga, Cordoba and Salamanca.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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