Disarticulated an international organization dedicated to the traffic of hashish that used for the lorries trucks and transport companies
23 people have been arrested (20 in Spain, one in the Dominican Republic and two in Morocco) and another four have been investigated in the Dominican Republic
Agents dismantle the business fabric used by group members to introduce money from the drug into the legal market
It has proceeded to the blockade of 20 real estate valued at 2,000,000 euros, the intervention of 3,500,000 euros in cash and eight high-end vehicles and the seizure of 16,000 kilos of hashish
Those arrested are charged with crimes against public health, illicit association, illegal possession of arms, smuggling of cash and money laundering
Joint operation of Civil Guard, National Police and Tax Agency, with the collaboration of the judicial and police authorities of Morocco and the Dominican Republic
Agents of the Civil Guard, of the National Police and officials of the Tax Agency and with the collaboration of the judicial and police authorities of Morocco and the Dominican Republic, have arrested 23 people (20 in Spain, one in the Dominican Republic and two in Morocco ) and investigated another four in the Dominican Republic, as well as the blockade of 20 real estate valued at 2,000,000 euros, the intervention of 3,500,000 euros in cash, the seizure of 16,000 kilos of hashish, and the intervention of eight vehicles high-end Those arrested are charged with crimes against public health, illicit association, illegal possession of arms, smuggling of cash and money laundering
300,000 euros in bills of 20 and 50 euros
The operation began at the end of September 2017 following the interception of a high-end vehicle inside which were hidden more than 300,000 euros in bills of 20 and 50 euros. Its driver and owner, a French citizen with a history of drug trafficking, could not give the agents a coherent explanation of the origin of that amount of cash.
As a result of this fact a joint investigation is initiated, in which the Kingdom of Morocco actively collaborates and in which the French citizen identified with the money in the dome of an organization that was intervened in the month of March. of the same year more than 7,400 kilos of hashish on the border between Western Sahara and Mauritania, with the supposed intention of bringing them to our country using the land route through different agricultural import societies.
Due to the fact that it was an international organization, a joint research team was created to identify the members of the organization, which was perfectly structured and hierarchical. This group was engaged in the trafficking of large quantities of hashish, whose final destination was our country, through trucks and transport companies. Subsequently, and through financial engineering introduced the profits obtained from drug trafficking in the legal market, for which they used a large number of screen companies, interposed companies and numerous frontmen.
165,000 euros in a suitcase with destination Dominican Republic
Continuing with the investigation, and through police procedures, a suitcase was intercepted that one of the main objectives was to the Dominican Republic, and where a double fund was transported hidden 165,000 euros, thus turning the investigation and opening the South American way as where the profits obtained from drug trafficking could be being laundered.
In the month of April 2018, thanks to the investigations carried out, a truck was transported in Almeria as a load declared ceramic slabs and inside which more than 7,200 kilos of hashish and 177,000 euros in cash were intervened.
All these blows suffered by the investigated organization caused them to try to remove the illicitly obtained cash money from the country. In collaboration with the Dominican National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) and the US Anti-Drug Department (DEA), we proceeded to open a container where a box containing the more than 690,000 euros was transported.
In the month of July 2018 a new stash was intercepted in an industrial estate in Seville of about 1,350 kilos of hashish that were hidden in a similar way to those intercepted in Almería. At the beginning of November a "mule" of the organization that used to mail between the suppliers of substances in Morocco and the organization based in Spain was intercepted, when it was transporting 85,000 euros.
18 arrested in the Dominican Republic
The large volume of documentation seized together with the complex international financial framework that had been designed to launder money obtained from drug trafficking, made the exploitation phase could not be carried out until May 2019, where 12 home searches were made in Spain and 5 in the Dominican Republic. A joint team of investigators from the Civil Guard, National Police and Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency traveled to the Caribbean country, and 18 people were arrested, including the head of the organization. In all the records made, a multitude of weapons and cash were seized.
After the exploitation phase of the operation, this criminal organization, dedicated to drug trafficking, money laundering, belonging to a criminal organization, illegal possession of arms and contraband, including the detention of members from the lowest levels to the bosses and owners at the top level.