The General Director meets with those responsible for the Civil Guard in Extremadura

María Gámez has known first-hand, through her main commands, the structure, organization and problems of the Extremadura Area

He has visited the Cáceres and Badajoz Commanderies and the Mérida Traffic Academy

The General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, has held a working meeting with those responsible for the Civil Guard in the Extremadura area.

The Civil Guard commanders have explained to the Director General the tasks they carry out in the Area and in the Cáceres and Badajoz Commanderies, and what their evolution has been in recent years, as well as their prospects and future plans.
Previously, María Gámez has met with the President of the Extremadura Board and with the Government Delegate where they have discussed, among other things, the new situation of the new State of Alarm, where collaboration and coordination between institutions is more necessary than ever. and there the Civil Guard will be involved one hundred percent.

The Civil Guard in Extremadura

The Extremadura Civil Guard Area is made up of the Cáceres Command with a total of 73 posts and the Badajoz Command with a total of 89 posts, all of them responsible for citizen security for 87.62% of the Community's territory . To carry out this task, it has more than 2,800 troops, of which 150 are women.
The Extremadura Area, to serve its entire demarcation, has Citizen Security Units, the Cynological Service, Mobile Material Service, Geas, Information Service, Judicial Police Service, Armament, Occupational Risks, Rock Equipment, Pegasus Equipment and the Extremadura Traffic Sector.
Among the topics that have been discussed during the meeting are data related to the work carried out by the Civil Guard in relation to citizen security.
Regarding crime rates, the work of the Extremadura Area in the period January-September 2020 stands out for the global decrease of almost 22% in the crimes of abductions in agricultural and livestock farms, this decrease being for this type of crimes of 18.97% in the Comandancia de Badajoz and 25.88% in the Comandancia de Cáceres.
The Director General has held a meeting with staff from all jobs in which she congratulated them for the work carried out in relation to the health crisis situation and urged them to continue serving in this new State of Alarm with the same effort and dedication to offer the best service to citizens.
She added that she is sure that the Civil Guard is going to live up to what is expected of it, times are going to be complicated and we must give the best of all of us.

Command of Badajoz

The Civil Guard in the Badajoz Command is responsible for the citizen security of 160 municipalities, which represents 85.37% of the total extension of the province. To carry out this task, it has more than 1,600 personnel and a total of 89 posts.
They have Citizen Security, Information, Judicial Police, Seprona, Weapons Intervention, Traffic Grouping, Gedex, and Cynological Service, Geas, 7 Roca Teams and 1 Pegaso Team, among others, to serve their demarcation.
Regarding the main criminal typologies within the crimes that generate the greatest social alarm, it is worth noting the decrease in robberies with force in homes, establishments and other places that throughout this period of 2020 has meant a decrease of 3 , 71%.

Mérida Traffic School

The Director General, during her visit to the Mérida Traffic School, addressed a few words to the students of the III Master's Degree in Road Traffic Safety who are studying, in addition to members of the Corps, other local and regional police forces and other countries. "Masters like this are a transmission belt to promote the culture of road safety that is so important to our daily lives."
This School, dependent on the Deputy Operational Directorate and jointly with the Headquarters of the Traffic and Education Group, is divided into seven departments: legal sciences, accident investigation and reconstruction, instruction and training, operational analysis of services, investigation and reconstruction of accidents, motoring area and university studies.
In it, the specialization courses of Motorists, Attempts and Traffic Management are mainly taught, having received training at the School this year 2020 a total of 491 students. It also stands out for putting into practice the knowledge update sessions for personnel of the specialty of the Traffic Group through which 820 students have passed in this year 2020.

Cáceres Command

The Civil Guard in the Cáceres Command is responsible for citizen security in 90.09% of the territorial extension of the province. To carry out this task, it has more than 1,200 personnel and a total of 73 posts.
They have Citizen Security, Information, Judicial Police, Seprona, Weapons Intervention, Traffic Grouping, Gedex, and Cynological Service units, and 6 Roca Teams, among others, to serve their demarcation.
Among the topics that have been discussed during the meeting, the data related to the work carried out by the Civil Guard in relation to citizen security and the problems in the province stand out.
The General Director congratulated the Cáceres Command for its innovation projects that are being launched and that are being piloted to export to the rest of the Civil Guard. Highlighting how thanks to the unification of various applications as of January 2021 it will be the first command to achieve "zero paper", a goal of the Public Administration and the Civil Guard.
In this sense, it has been explained that in the demarcation of the Civil Guard in the province of Cáceres in the period January-September 2020 the crime rate has fallen by 0.80% from the freeze to last 2019.
Regarding the main criminal typologies within the crimes that generate the greatest social alarm, it is worth noting the decrease in crimes constituting theft, which has resulted in a reduction of 25.69%.

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Seized 53 tons of tobacco leaves hidden in a warehouse for their subsequent illegal sale

The general director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, has presented in Mérida the details of the MOSTAGANEN operation, in which a network that supplied and distributed contraband tobacco cuttings and leaves was dismantled, presumably for subsequent illegal sale and conversion in "tube cigarettes"

Four members of the network have been arrested in Lobón (Badajoz) for the alleged crimes of tobacco smuggling, against the Public Treasury and belonging to an organized group

About 38 million cigarettes could be obtained from the seized tobacco

This is one of the largest snuff-cut arrests in Extremadura

The general director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, presented this morning together with agents of the Civil Guard, the Tax Agency and the Local Police of Mérida, the details of the MOSTAGANEN operation. With this action, a network that supplied and distributed contraband tobacco cuttings and leaves has been dismantled, presumably for their subsequent illegal sale and conversion into “tube cigarettes”.

Four people have been arrested, residents of Mérida (Badajoz), who had hidden in a warehouse in the Badajo town of Lobón 53 tons of smuggled tobacco leaves and flavoring substances used to treat tobacco.
María Gámez stressed that it is one of the largest operations carried out in Extremadura against smuggling and illicit sale of tobacco leaves and cuttings.
"With this type of criminal action, not only is there a damage to the public finances necessary for our maintenance as a country, but it also avoids the risk to health because these products do not have any sanitary guarantee."
Finally, Gámez added that the Civil Guard works intensely to control smuggling, proof of this is the apprehension at the national level of more than 3,500,000 packs of smuggled tobacco. Also, so far in 2020 more than 5,500,000 packs of tobacco have been intervened.
The investigation began after detecting the illicit circulation and sale of smuggled snuff, in which similar patterns were found, linked to the movements of a group of people settled in the province of Badajoz and Madrid, with antecedents for similar events.
After establishing a surveillance device, the agents discovered in Lobón a warehouse used by the group, where the chopped tobacco and leaf were stored, which supposedly would be destined for its illegal sale and conversion of this product with flavorings into “tube cigarettes”.
With the location of the property in the industrial area of ​​the municipality and the identity of the owner of the same, who had the rented warehouse, the registry of this was carried out, where 265 cardboard boxes containing 53,100 kilos of shredded tobacco leaf were seized and minced, which lacked any fiscal and sanitary control, as well as flavoring products for tobacco.
During the exploitation of the operation, four of the members of the network were arrested, and efforts are continuing to locate and arrest the other two who allegedly have fled Spain, as well as to know the origin and exact destination of the seized tobacco , of which some 38 million cigarettes could be obtained.
Those now detained, who were placed at the disposal of the Montijo Investigating Court, are charged with the alleged crimes of tobacco smuggling, against the Public Treasury and belonging to an organized group.
The operation has been carried out by agents belonging to the Fiscal Area of ​​the Badajoz Civil Guard Post, by Customs Surveillance officials of the Badajoz State Tax Administration Agency and by members of the Merida Local Police.

Other operations

During 2020, numerous operations have been carried out against tobacco smuggling in Extremadura, among which is the one carried out in Badajoz, in which 1,600 kilos of smuggled tobacco were intervened and two residents of Córdoba were arrested.
Likewise, in the El Nevero industrial estate (Badajoz) agents of the Civil Guard and the Tax Agency intervened in the shipment of 6 cardboard boxes containing 102 kilos of contraband tobacco.
In Lobón (Badajoz), 228,000 packs of tobacco hidden in a warehouse were intervened and one person was arrested for a crime of tobacco smuggling.
Operation TRES REYES resulted in the arrest of two residents of Alburquerque (Badajoz) who were engaged in the illegal marketing of tobacco.
On the other hand, in the VIDIX operation, a person was arrested in Torremejías (Badajoz) when he was transporting 100 kilos of tobacco cut in his vehicle lacking seals and markings.
Finally, in the TRASTEX operation, a clandestine point was dismantled for the chopping, manufacturing, distribution and sale of tobacco cuttings in a house and in a storage room in Badajoz.

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The detainee, of Icelandic origin, forced the girl to have sexual intercourse on about ten occasions, hitting her on the body and on the head with various objects that caused serious injuries
After several days of investigation and numerous surveillance on the environment of the fugitive, also convicted of possession of child pornography, he was arrested in the vicinity of his home § In a different operation, the National Police have arrested a second fugitive wanted in France in Marbella for drug trafficking and criminal organization

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The detainees obtained the false documentation through social networks, where criminal groups located in Venezuela charged them an average of 90 dollars and promised to deliver the Venezuelan license to drive by post in two or three days.
The arrests have occurred in Alicante 35, Malaga 24, Valladolid 28, Zaragoza 8, Madrid 67, Murcia 9, Tenerife 65, Seville 7, Toledo 14, Las Palmas 6, Jaén 3, Asturias 8, Ciudad Real 4 and San Sebastián 15



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Joint operation of the National Police and the Tax Agency

40 people arrested in La Línea in an operation against money laundering and territorial planning

A device of more than a hundred agents carried out four simultaneous searches in homes in the town of La Línea de la Concepción (Cádiz) in the largest operation carried out against the planning of the territory in that town

More than 80,000 euros in cash, jewelry, 9mm caliber ammunition, bulletproof vests, narcotic substances and numerous documents related to the investigated events were seized

The total assets discovered and derived from money laundering that are attributed to the main investigated amounts to 2,500,000 euros, and the total value related to all the criminal activities investigated exceeds 5 million euros

26-October-2020.- Agents of the National Police and officials of the Tax Agency, in a joint operation, have dismantled a criminal organization after the arrest of 40 people in La Línea de la Concepción (Cádiz), as allegedly responsible for the crimes of money laundering, organization criminal, illicit association and against the planning of the territory. The detainees formed a criminal group that has been dismantled in the largest operation carried out against the planning of the territory in the town. The investigation has been developed in several phases that have allowed the discovery of assets that exceed two and a half million euros obtained from drug trafficking. The operation is part of the Meridional Plan and the Bahia Plan, related to the fight against drug trafficking and money laundering established in Campo de Gibraltar.

The investigation began in February 2019, when it became known of the occupation of a rustic parcel of special agricultural protection – owned by a group of companies – in which numerous constructions were being carried out in order to segregate it into several plots for give it a completely urban use.

With the progress of the investigations, the agents detected that the main leader of the organization, a well-known drug trafficker in this town, used financial structures that served as a screen to acquire the rustic property, whose surface exceeds 50,000 square meters, thus channeling the money derived from their illegal activities. However, the main leader of the organization did not appear in any document of the aforementioned companies, having used numerous figureheads with the clear intention of hiding their true assets and giving them the appearance of legality.

The assets surfaced amounts to more than 2,500,000 euros

Due to the large scale of the investigation, it had to be carried out in several phases of exploitation. A first operation was established in which more than a hundred agents, together with Customs Surveillance officials from the Tax Agency, carried out four simultaneous searches of homes in the town of La Línea de la Concepción. As a result, the agents intervened more than 80,000 euros in cash that those investigated hid in double funds built for this purpose, 9mm caliber ammunition, bulletproof vests and a forged official document. They also located documentation related to the investigation, narcotic substances -such as hashish, heroin and cocaine-, and numerous jewels, among which are two high-end watches, a solid gold watch and a large number of precious stones.

In addition, the investigators requested the prohibition of having 9 properties, 21 vehicles and the blocking of 17 bank accounts in which movements for more than two million euros were credited, being almost entirely cash income. The total assets arising from and derived from money laundering attributed to the main investigated amounts to 2,500,000 euros, and the total value related to all the criminal activities investigated exceeds 5 million euros.



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§ According to annual reports from Interpol's Operation Pangea against the illicit distribution of medicines, the detainee is directly related to three of the top ten companies in charge of illicit distribution worldwide
§ In Spain, it introduced drugs against erectile dysfunction, while in other countries of the world it also introduced antibiotics, cancer drugs, supposed drugs against the Covid-19 virus and against HIV



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The Civil Guard dismantles a narco-jetty used by criminal groups in Campo de Gibraltar to introduce hashish into the peninsula

15 people have been arrested and another 19 have been investigated for the alleged crimes of drug trafficking, belonging to a criminal organization and smuggling of prohibited genres

Eight high-speed boats valued at more than 1,500,000 euros, 600,000 euros in cash, several high-end vehicles, more than 10,000 liters of gasoline for refueling the boats and 10 engines of large displacement boats have been seized

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the “JARTO” operation, has dismantled a criminal organization in charge of the preparation and assembly, as well as the storage and launching of high-speed boats used to transport large quantities of hashish that are later stored in the Spanish coasts.

Specifically, they launched high-speed boats through a dry dock located on a beach in the Comarca de la Axarquía (Málaga). During closing hours, the organization allegedly took advantage of its facilities and human and material resources to use it as a narco-pier, being used by various organizations in Campo de Gibraltar and Malaga dedicated to drug trafficking to introduce large amounts of hashish. in our country from Morocco.
15 people have been arrested and another 19 have been investigated for the alleged crimes of drug trafficking, belonging to a criminal organization and smuggling of prohibited goods.
The investigation began in September 2019 when the agents learned of the presence of several people who were staying in a permanent boathouse located on a beach located on the eastern coast of the province of Malaga during night hours. Therefore, they established a police device aimed at discovering possible illicit activities related to drug trafficking.
Although the network was extremely vigilant of the facilities and its surroundings in order not to be discovered by the police, the investigators were able to determine the illegal activity that was taking place there.

Modus operandi

The organization of this group consisted of transporting a high-speed semi-rigid boat inside a large tonnage truck.
When the members who were guarding the facility and the surroundings detected that there was no police presence in the area, the truck entered the jetty where they unloaded the boat and put it in the sea to later go to Morocco to load the drugs.
The researchers detected several cells that worked independently but in coordination to achieve the launching of the boats of different organizations.
9 searches have been carried out in the provinces of Malaga, Córdoba and Seville, in which 8 high-speed boats valued at more than 1,500,000 euros, 600,000 euros in cash, several high-end vehicles, more than 10,000 liters have been seized of gasoline for the refueling of vessels, heavy machinery and trucks used for the transport and subsequent launch of the vessels and 10 engines of large displacement vessels.
The operation has been carried out by agents belonging to the Malaga and Pontevedra Civil Guard Command, as well as OCON-SUR, being supported by agents from the Civil Guard Rapid Action Group (GAR).

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§ The dismantled organization offered different modalities to be able to prove a family link between a sponsor – natural from Ghana but already a national of the EU or EEA – and one or more foreigners in an irregular situation
§ For this, they offered various services such as fictitious registrations for 300 euros, birth certificates for 1,600, applications for arraigo for 7,500 and even an adoption “pack” -which included a regrouping procedure together with a false passport- for 9,000 euros
§ The agents estimate a profit of more than 100,000 euros for their criminal activity by regularizing more than 130 regrouped fraudulently

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§ One of the arrested took advantage of his work in a smartphone repair shop to, after violating the security codes, access the sensitive data of the terminals that the victims took to repair and, in this way, have access to email, the photo gallery and all the passwords of your applications, including those of electronic banking
§ With the information obtained through this unauthorized intrusion, and after falsifying the identity documents and duplicating the SIM card of the telephone of those affected, they emptied current accounts and took out instant bank credits in just one hour, converting the money obtained into cryptocurrencies to launder it
§ The researchers have credited the high economic damage caused to the victims, highlighting that the amount of fraud carried out on only seven of them amounts to more than 450,000 euros
§ The agents carried out 16 home searches -11 of them in the Community of Madrid and 5 in Valencia- where they found falsified IDs of potential victims already prepared to carry out future scams, in addition to blocking 75 bank accounts



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Dismantled in Jaén and Malaga a violent criminal organization dedicated to national and international drug trafficking

25 people have been arrested, another three have been investigated, and 14 house searches have been carried out in the towns of Málaga, Marbella, Fuengirola, Linares, Mengíbar, Villagordo, La Carolina and Guadalén

8.2 kilograms of high-purity cocaine, 25 of hashish pollen, ten of marijuana, 225,000 euros in cash, a pistol with ammunition ready for use and 14 vehicles have been seized

The detainees used mafia and violent methods, acting in a concerted and coordinated manner and had acquired a high degree of specialization, with an established distribution of tasks and roles whose activities responded exclusively to the people who were at the head of the organization

The dismantled criminal organization periodically introduced consignments of high-purity cocaine into the province of Jaén

Agents of the Civil Guard and the National Police have dismantled a perfectly structured and hierarchical criminal group dedicated to the distribution of narcotic substances whose main destination was the province of Jaén and have arrested 25 people for alleged crimes of drug trafficking and belonging to criminal organization. 14 searches have been carried out in different locations in Jaén and Malaga and a total of 8.2 kilograms of high-purity cocaine, 25 kilograms of hashish, ten kilograms of marijuana, 225,000 euros in cash, a pistol have been seized. with ammunition and 14 vehicles.

The investigations began in October 2019, when it became known that an organization led by people living in coastal towns in the province of Malaga, was dedicated to the distribution of cocaine and hashish in different Spanish and European cities. After more than half a year of police procedures and inquiries, last May one of the members of the organization was arrested when a police checkpoint was established on the A-44 highway as it passed through Jaén, by uniformed Civil Guard patrols from Jaén, after the shuttle vehicle passed. This allowed the interception of the vehicle and the arrest of its driver when he was transporting a cache from Malaga to Linares (Jaén) with a load of four kilograms of cocaine, hidden in a double hydraulic bottom enabled for this purpose in the vehicle, and 13,800 Euros in cash, discovered by the expertise of the acting agents. The drug had previously been acquired in the Malaga town of Alhaurín de la Torre, a place where hours later three other people were arrested at the time of conducting a home search, where 153,000 euros in cash, obtained with the payment of the stash of cocaine that had been intervened in Jaén hours before. Subsequently, a second home search was carried out in Benalmádena in which one more kilogram of cocaine from the same batch was intervened.

That same day, the person who acted as a shuttle for the vehicle that transported the drugs was also detained, to provide security for the transport and alert of the possible presence of police officers on the way, after running over a Civil Guard agent who was trying to abort his attempted escape, with the clear intention of attempting against his life. The agent was violently hit by the vehicle before starting his escape and was injured with serious injuries. He was finally arrested at the Linares-Baeza station after putting up great resistance and causing injuries to the agents who intervened in his arrest.

On June 2, a third member of the organization was detained at a police checkpoint established in Granada once it had been detected that a new drug transport was taking place. In this action, three kilograms of cocaine that had previously left from Malaga and whose destination was the town of Linares, where the criminal group supplied narcotic substance to clients from different towns, were seized. The drug was also hidden in a double bottom of the vehicle.

Intercepted when they were about to leave Spain

Four days later, two other members of the organization were intercepted in La Junquera, in the province of Gerona, when they were transporting 25 kilograms of hashish hidden in a sophisticated cove made in the car, discovered thanks to the intervention of a team of Canine Guides of the National Police. The destination of this consignment of drugs was Switzerland, where its price would have increased considerably if it had reached its destination and with it would have brought important benefits to the organization now dismantled.

On August 11, the agents began the final exploitation of the operation. 14 entries and searches were made at homes in Malaga, Marbella, Fuengirola, Linares, Mengíbar, La Carolina, Villagordo and Guadalén, where the arrests of those allegedly involved in the events were completed. Different effects, evidence and instruments of the crime were intervened, which served for the Judicial Authority to order the imprisonment of the main culprits.

The criminal organization acted in a concerted and coordinated manner. Its members had acquired a high degree of specialization, with an established distribution of tasks and roles. They also used mafia and violent methods, even going so far as to attempt on the life of a Civil Guard agent, who was run over by the vehicle of one of the traffickers, who would later be arrested in Linares. Also injured were the Civil Guard and National Police officers who finally arrested the perpetrator of the outrage.

Police investigations have also made it possible to verify the use of physical violence by detainees to collect debts related to the organization's criminal activities, using a firearm and extorting money from the parents of a person who had contracted a debt of 66,000 euros with them by losing two kilograms of cocaine.

This police operation has been a severe blow to drug trafficking in Jaén, where criminal groups settled in the different towns of the province used those arrested as drug suppliers. In the investigators' opinion, the dismantled organization introduced most of the narcotic substance that was consumed in the province of Jaén.

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