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

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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

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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

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the Tricheurs operation, has investigated those responsible for a Granada academy for issuing certificates of approved training courses to 257 aspiring forest firefighters of the Junta de Andalucía that they failed to complete.
The INFOCA Plan of the Andalusian Government had established that up to a total of 800 hours of specific training (approved courses) would be scalable and punctual for all applicants to the selective process of entering the operational device for the prevention and extinction of forest fires in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, as a forest firefighter.
However, in the last call published in BOJA nº 138/19 (07/19/2019), he introduced the possibility of scaling up to 1,600 hours of specific training. This caused many applicants, before the last day of the submission deadline for admission to the selection process, which was August 26, 2019, to try to get as many hours as possible of certified qualification and thus obtain a better position in the opposition. To do this, they went to this Granada academy and paid up to 120 euros for 200-hour training courses that they took in 25 minutes.
The investigation began after an aspiring forest firefighter from Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) reported irregularities in the 2019 opposition contest.
Investigators located a Granada academy that had consistently issued hundreds of false titles. The heads of the academy falsified the date of issuance of these degrees so that they could be admitted to the opposition and that the contact between the students and the professors of the academy was only twenty-five minutes for courses of up to 200 hours.
During the first phase of exploitation of this operation, the Civil Guard has brought to justice as investigators as alleged perpetrators of a crime of documentary falsehood, the sole administrator of the academy, the computer technician and the head of studies of the courses offered .
The 62 applicants to the Granada forest firefighter who attended this academy have also been investigated for the same crime to include in their CVs courses that they did not complete.
In the following phases of the operation, 23 applicants from Malaga, 12 from Almería, 58 from Jaén, 36 from Córdoba, 23 from Seville, 12 from Huelva, 27 from Cádiz, 2 from Badajoz and 2 from Albacete were also investigated. certificates in the investigated academy.
As a result of this investigation, the Andalusian Environment and Water Agency cautiously decided not to grant any fixed job until the open criminal procedure is resolved and agreed to suspend the allocation of 120 fixed contracts (95 positions of Specialist Forest Firefighter). of the Group of Seals and – 25 places of Driver Forest Firefighter, specialty Fire Vehicle) until the moment in which firm judicial resolutions are issued.
The operation, directed by the Investigating Court number 3 of those of Granada, has been carried out by agents belonging to the Investigation Area of ​​the Civil Guard of La Zubia.
To complete this information, you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Granada Civil Guard, by phone at 958.185419.


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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 product, which lacked disinfecting power, was purchased mainly by health centers and hospitals. The users of these places were the ones who raised the alarm with several complaints after detecting the strong smell of 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.


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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.


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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

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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.

The Civil Guard and the A21 association have signed an operational action protocol for the protection of victims of trafficking in human beings. The purpose of this protocol is to reinforce the collaboration framework between the General Directorate of the Civil Guard and A21, regarding coordination for the protection and accompaniment of victims of trafficking in human beings.
During the signing of this protocol, the General Director of the Corps, María Gámez, stressed that the Civil Guard has as one of its main objectives the protection of the most vulnerable groups and the fight against trafficking in human beings. In order to fight this crime, it is essential to focus the first actions on the early detection of victims and on their identification as such.
On the other hand, María Gámez has insisted that investigative work is very important to obtain evidence that allows traffickers to be convicted, thus breaking the criminal dynamics of organized groups and preventing them from operating again, capturing and exploiting new victims. For this, the Civil Guard cooperates with other external agents who can provide information and collaborate synergistically in these processes, as is the case of A21 with which it has been collaborating for some time.
This year is being special due to the consequences of the pandemic, a situation that has affected the most vulnerable victims the most. For this reason, as explained by the Director General, the Civil Guard reinforced during its state of alarm its preventive inspections in places at risk of exploitation. Investigations into trafficking in human beings have also been strengthened, which has allowed the release of numerous victims and the arrest of the perpetrators of these criminal acts. In addition, the Civil Guard intervened in forced marriage and other human trafficking operations.
A21 is an international organization that has been working for more than ten years fighting against human trafficking around the world. A21 currently operates in twelve countries and with fourteen offices around the world.
A21's work is based on three main strategies: reaching, through awareness and education; rescue, training professionals who could come into contact with both potential victims and perpetrators of crime; restore, through the provision of residential resources.
The Civil Guard and A21 will collaborate by sharing information that they consider of interest to their respective areas of responsibility. They will also work to promote awareness and prevent the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings, through campaigns and dissemination through the respective communication resources. In addition, joint training activities such as workshops, seminars, courses will be designed and organized, and manuals, guides, brochures, etc. will be developed and disseminated.
A21 has been collaborating with the Civil Guard in a very active way, providing information on acts of trafficking in human beings that have given rise to investigations and, above all, coordinating and mediating with other NGOs to respond to needs in the protection and assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings and exploitation released in the operations carried out by different units of the Corps.
As part of this collaboration, last year, the Civil Guard and A21 presented the “Passport to indicators of trafficking” campaign, distributing a brochure in which the main indicators of trafficking in human beings were simply presented, so that victims can recognize in them and they can become aware of their circumstances. With a passport format and in nine languages, it was distributed by the Civil Guard in the framework of inspections in particularly sensitive points such as farms in agricultural areas or hostess clubs, among others.


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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

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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 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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