In addition to the two arrests made, international police cooperation has allowed the identification of five others involved who, at the time, the organization recruited to travel to Spain and monitor crops
The dismantled plantations significantly alter the environment to the point of constituting a prolonged damage over time to the development of the species and the properties of the soil
The organizations cut large areas of pine forest, illegally build rafts to contain the water of the ravines and pile dry branches to create fences, with the serious risk of fires in summer.
As a result of all the operations carried out, the agents have seized some 18 and a half tons of marijuana – 31,698 plants – and two groups of Albanian origin dedicated to large-scale cannabis trafficking have been dismantled, arresting a total of 13 people
The victims – all of them men of Pakistani nationality – were registered in Biscayan homes after paying 3,000 euros, and were exploited in greengrocers without a contract or registration in social security
They had to pay between 8,000 and 10,000 euros for the transfer from Pakistan to Spain and, after three years, the organization offered them a legal employment contract in exchange for 8,000 euros to be able to apply for a residence card in Spain
The agents carried out four searches in homes in the province of Vizcaya where more than 93,000 euros in cash, mobile phones and various documentation were intervened
Immigrants were threatened before the trip to give their mobiles to members of the organization and avoid recordings during the journey.
They paid 2,000 euros in advance to reserve a place in boats, patera or zodiac type, and about 500 euros more for accommodation in Spain, so the criminal network obtained an economic benefit of approximately 108,000 euros
The operation has prevented 70 immigrants from risking their lives who, imminently, were going to leave for the Andalusian coast
The investigation has ended with an entry and registration at a Cartaya home, where 750 euros in cash, two telephone terminals and various documentation have been intervened
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The Civil Guard investigates a Granada academy for selling false certificates of training courses for an opposition to forest firefighter
It has also been investigated about 260 applicants who in 2019 opposed a forest firefighter from the Andalusian Government after inflating their CV with more than 800 hours of approved courses that they did not take
Applicants paid up to 120 euros for a 200-hour training course they took in 25 minutes
A clandestine laboratory for false hydroalcoholic gel mixed with brandy dismantled in A Coruña
The two detainees distributed mainly to health centers and hospitals
It was the patients who raised the alarm after detecting the strong smell of this distilled beverage
The clandestine laboratory was located in a poultry house in Boiro (A Coruña)
The Civil Guard has arrested two people in A Coruña for marketing a false hydroalcoholic gel that they mixed with brandy.
The supposed disinfectant product only reached a percentage of 25% alcohol, instead of the 70% it should contain.
The investigation found that the distribution company lacked the appropriate authorizations from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products to manufacture the product.
Due to the urgent need for the product, the detainees – who offered themselves as chemists with extensive experience – were able to easily place it avoiding any documentary and quality requirements.
The investigated had perfectly distributed their functions for the commission of this criminal act, one of them being in charge of the commercial part and the management with the companies that acquired the product and another focused on manufacturing and logistics.
In the registry in the poultry house where they set up the laboratory, located in Boiro (A Coruña), the Civil Guard has found 400 liters of the false hydroalcoholic gel already packaged.
In addition, the Civil Guard has managed to seize 6,400 liters of the product already distributed in hospitals and medical centers throughout the Spanish geography.
The proceedings are in the Investigating Court number 2 of Ribeira.
The Quimigel operation has been led by the Territorial Team of the Judicial Police of Noia, belonging to the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of A Coruña, in collaboration with the Spanish Medicines Agency and personnel from the Health Department of the Xunta de Galicia.
For more information, you can contact the OPC of the Civil Guard in A Coruña, on the phone 981 167 813.
The Civil Guard arrests 4 people and intervenes 23 firearms that they intended to introduce on the black market
The now detainees illegally introduced Flobert-type firearms into Spain, since they did not have the relevant authorizations and in some cases without the recipients having the licenses that enable them to possess these weapons.
The commercialization of these weapons is regulated in our country as they are considered firearms, although in other countries of the European Union they are not classified as such, so their control and sale do not have the same control standards as in our country.
The records have intervened 1 seemingly modified automatic detonating weapon for real-fire, 1 apparently transformed detonating weapon for caliber expansion with a dismantled artisan-made cannon, 4 detonating weapons, 17 Flobert-type small arms, as well as 2,000 units of ammunition. different calibers
The Civil Guard, in the framework of the SOTALIA operation, has arrested four people in Barcelona and Madrid and has investigated three others who were trying to introduce firearms to the black market. They are charged with the alleged crimes of illicit arms trade, and of illegal possession, trafficking and deposit of arms and ammunition.
The operation began last January when, in the course of developing the exclusive powers exercised by the Civil Guard in the comprehensive control of weapons and explosives, it was learned that several packages were sent from a country in the European Union bound for Madrid and Barcelona that contained Flobert-type short weapons and ammunition for them. In addition, it was found that they did not have the relevant authorizations and in some cases without the recipients having the licenses that enable the possession of these weapons.
For this reason, several house searches were made in the towns of Barcelona, Esplugues de Llobregat and Madrid, arresting four people for the alleged crimes of illicit arms trade, and illegal possession, trafficking and deposit of arms and ammunition.
The records intervened:
- 1 automatic detonator weapon apparently modified to make live fire with 9mm caliber, 1 magazine and 9mm ammunition, as well as short 9mm cartridges
- 1 seemingly transformed detonating weapon for caliber enlargement with disassembled craft barrel
- 1 Flobert type short weapon apparently modified to a 1st category weapon
- 15 short 4mm caliber Flobert type weapons
- 1 short 6mm caliber Flobert weapon
- 4 detonating weapons
- 2,000 units of ammunition of different calibers
- 38 Berloque weapons
- Documentation related to the operation.
The detainees and investigated proved to have a wide knowledge of weapons and a liking for them that is not considered within the collector profile. For this reason, there were indications that the intention of these people was to commercialize with the acquired weapons as they had a higher economic value due to not being registered.
With this action, the seized weapons and ammunition have been prevented from reaching the black market, preventing them from being used for the commission of criminal acts.
Flobert weapons regulations in Spain
The commercialization of these weapons is regulated in our country as they are considered firearms, although in other countries of the European Union they are not classified as such, so their control and sale do not have the same control standards as in our country. .
Flobert weapons are regulated in the Spanish Arms Regulations, being defined in Article 2 as “a portable firearm that uses Flobert caliber ammunition. Such weapons are always ring percussion and can carry either a small powder charge or just the initiating charge. The kinetic energy in the mouth cannot exceed one hundred (100) J for any caliber. ”
There are some countries where such weapons can be purchased without specific authorization, there are manufacturers that do not comply with the specifications related to the qualities of that type of weapon in Spain, manufacturing them with greater resistance, better materials and even having been converted from a larger caliber to standard Flobert (normally 4 or 6 mm). This means that its use on the black market has increased in recent times, with the Civil Guard having intervened several of these firearms transformed into more lethal calibers.
The threat of the transformation of firearms into other more damaging categories and categories is one of the actions that are part of the EU's priority in the fight against illicit arms trafficking, which is developed through the European platform EMPACT FIREARMS. , for which Spain and specifically the Civil Guard is responsible at European level.
The importance of fighting the threat of firearms has recently been relaunched with the publication by the European Commission of a specific action plan against illicit arms trafficking, which is included in the Internal Security Agenda for the period 2020 -25.
In addition, this threat is also identified as a priority at the national level in the current Strategy to fight organized crime, which makes this exclusive competence of the Civil Guard a priority for the Corps, due to its importance both nationally and internationally.
The operation has been carried out by agents belonging to the Headquarters of Arms and Explosives and Security, with the support of the Barcelona Intervention on Arms and Explosives, as well as the Citizen Security Unit of Madrid and the Cynological Service. It has been carried out under the direction of the Titular Judge of the Court of First Instance of Investigation nº 23 of Barcelona.
For any information you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Headquarters of Arms, Explosives and Security, telephone 682.844.368.
According to the researchers, part of the intervened pieces -particularly the gold ones- could belong to a larger composition, such as a necklace or a bracelet, whose origin could date back to the years 1,200-500 B.C.
The researcher shared on his social networks photographs that accredit the looting activity he carried out, as well as the long period of time he had been doing it
The Civil Guard and the A21 Association sign an operational action protocol to strengthen the fight against trafficking in human beings
The protocol establishes the collaboration framework for the protection and accompaniment of victims of human trafficking
Due to the consequences of the pandemic, the Civil Guard reinforced the protection of the most vulnerable groups, such as victims of trafficking, during the state of alarm.
Twelve people have been detained during the operation, five of them during the boarding of the boat and another seven in the various home searches carried out by the agents
The victim – of Romanian nationality – came to Spain with the promise of a decent job and was later forced, through the use of physical violence, to practice prostitution to pay off the debt contracted with the criminal group. § Fruit of sexual relations to which was forced, the woman gave birth to a baby that was used by the group to extort money from clients up to 25,000 euros
The police operation has ended with the arrest of six people in the registry of a domicile in Calatayud (Zaragoza)
The National Police has a telephone line 900 10 50 90 and an email firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate citizen collaboration and the anonymous and confidential complaint of this type of crime, the call not being reflected in the telephone bill
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