Dismantled a criminal organization dedicated to the fraudulent sale of saffron in Castilla la Mancha
The operation has allowed 17 people to be detained and another 13 have been investigated and entries and searches have been made in various premises, commercial warehouses, clandestine workshops, offices and homes of those investigated
Half a ton of saffron yarns and styles, high-end vehicles, machinery for the production of merchandise and other evidence of the crimes committed have been intervened.
The organization had an infrastructure at the European level, with a complex business and financial network
A joint operation of the Civil Guard, National Police and Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency, has allowed to dismantle a criminal organization dedicated to the fraudulent sale of Iranian saffron as Spanish saffron. So far, 17 people have been arrested and another 13 have been investigated, accused of alleged crimes related to the market and consumers, fraud, forgery, against public health, tax fraud, money laundering. of capital, smuggling and criminal organization.
The investigation began in 2019 when it became known of the existence of several people and companies based in Ciudad Real that imported saffron, mainly from Iran, through a wide business network that operated internationally. Throughout the months that the investigation has lasted, it has been found the existence of a group of companies that, through the introduction in Spain of significant quantities of mainly Iranian saffron, later made it pass as Spanish saffron. Through the sale of saffron among the companies themselves, they gave coverage to the product, and labeled it as Manchego and Spanish, due to its quality recognized throughout the world thanks to its designation of origin of La Mancha, so its sale was guaranteed both in the national and international market.