Dismantled a criminal group for drug trafficking and money laundering

4 people have been arrested and € 115,000, cocaine prepared for sale and 1,200 kilograms of precursor elements for the production of this drug have been seized

Knives, ammunition and false authorizations to move have also been intervened during the last State of Alarm.

The Civil Guard and the Tax Agency, within the framework of the NAVIEROS operation, has broken up a criminal group specialized in drug trafficking and money laundering. In the operation, four people were arrested in the Toledo towns of Huerta de Valdecarábanos and Yepes for these crimes and for the illegal possession of weapons, falsification of documents and for usurpation of civil status. Also, another one has been investigated in Valencia.

Four house searches have been carried out where € 115,000 have been seized, 1,200 kilograms of precursor elements for the preparation and cutting of cocaine, cutting weapons, cocaine, 44 caliber projectiles, documentation related to drug trafficking and false authorizations to be able to move during the past Alarm State.

The operation began as a result of the Mascaraque operation, carried out last year where 5 people were arrested for drug trafficking crimes and seized 26 kilograms of cocaine that they had hidden in a shipment of pineapples from the Dominican Republic.

As a result of the action against this criminal group, the agents came to another organization that acted in a parallel way and that was established in the town of Huerta de Valdecarábanos.

For this reason, the agents focused the investigation on a man residing in this town, who used companies in his name and others supposedly run by people with whom he had friends since they were really controlled by him. In this way, it carried out imports of cocaine hidden in legal merchandise and thus achieve money laundering.

Continuing with the investigations, the agents were able to verify that the main suspect used people who worked for him, to deposit cash in these companies and later transfer it to Colombia or Ecuador, simulating payments of the legal merchandise he acquired, but with a price up to 5 times higher than the market.

As a result of international cooperation, last year the Ecuadorian National Police intervened a shipment of cocoa husks that hid more than 32 kilograms of cocaine and that was destined for a company that this man administered. To avoid being directly related to this fact, he quickly left this company before a notary using the identity of another person.

During this investigation, the agents identified, in the Port of Valencia, the person who collaborated closely with him, who had a double mission: he issued false invoices for the alleged purchase-sales of imported merchandise by the companies investigated. to justify such high payments and on the other hand, it was looking for buyers for this genre at very low prices to be able to get rid of it quickly.

In addition to these crimes, the investigated controlled, through a family member, the retail sale of cocaine in the Ocaña region, where he had a group of people who sold an average of 500 grams of cocaine weekly in the town of Huerta de Valdecarábanos, Yepes, Plums, Dos Barrios and Ontígola. The supply of the drug was carried out by 2 people weekly, and collection was made personally by the main investigator.

Once all the information obtained was analyzed, the operation was exploited where the main suspect was arrested at the time he was going to the place of concealment of the drug, a garage in the town of Huerta de Valdecarábanos. Subsequently, four searches were carried out, three of them in the town of Huerta de Valdecarábanos and one in Yepes, where three other people were arrested.

The detainees are charged with the alleged crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal possession of weapons, usurpation of civil status and falsification of documents.

The operation has been carried out by the Organized Crime and Anti-Drug Team (EDOA), from the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Toledo Civil Guard, together with the Regional Customs Surveillance Area of ​​Castilla-La Mancha. The investigation has been directed by the Court of First Instance and Instruction of Ocaña (Toledo).

For any information related to this press release, you can contact the OPC of the Toledo Command. Tef: 925225900 ext: 237/68364707.

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