Dismantled an organization dedicated to the introduction of large consignments of hashish from the African continent to the Canary Islands and the trafficking of heroin and cocaine

The operation resulted in the arrest of 19 people, seizing approximately 350 kg of hashish, 150 g of heroin, an inflatable boat, two engines, navigation tools, several fuel drums and 10,000 euros in cash

Within the framework of this operation, house searches were carried out in the towns of Buenavista del Norte, El Fraile and Granadilla de Abona on the island of Tenerife and Arrecife and Tinajo on the island of Lanzarote

The Civil Guard, in the course of the JAMELA operation, carried out on the island of Tenerife and Lanzarote, has dismantled an active organization dedicated to the introduction of large consignments of hashish from the African continent to the Canary Islands, as well as the trafficking of heroin and cocaine, proceeding to arrest 19 people, intervening 350 kg of hashish, an inflatable boat, two engines, several fuel drums and 10,000 euros in cash.

The operation began at the end of 2019, when it became known of a criminal organization based in the north of the island of Tenerife, dedicated to drug trafficking, with the capacity to carry out the acquisition, transport, concealment and distribution of significant quantities of hashish from Morocco.
The investigations made it possible to identify each of the people who made up the organization and the functions that each of them performed.
Thus, it was determined that the head of the organization, a male of Moroccan nationality, initially settled in the town of El Fraile, was in charge of maintaining contacts with the hashish producers in Morocco. Said individual finally traveled to the island of Lanzarote to personally control the entry of the drug and its subsequent concealment in a safe place.
Likewise, thanks to the progress of the investigation, it was possible to detect that a part of the criminal organization was based in the towns of El Fraile, Granadilla de Abona and Buenavista del Norte, which was in charge of the subsequent distribution and sale of narcotics. This branch of the organization was not only dedicated to the sale of hashish introduced by the Canary coasts, but independently, they also had their network for the distribution of other substances that cause serious damage to health, such as heroin and cocaine, increasing with it the profits of the criminal activity that they carried out.

Distribution and sale of narcotic substances

The operation of the operation was carried out in two different phases, one of them with the purpose of dismantling the part of the organization dedicated to distribution and sale and the other dedicated to the introduction of narcotic substances.
Thus, at the end of May a first phase of exploitation was organized, aimed at dismantling the network dedicated to the distribution of narcotic substances, during which six house searches were carried out in the towns of Granadilla de Abona, Buenavista del Norte and El Fraile, where six people were arrested, 5 kg of hashish, material for the preparation of doses and 6,500 euros in cash were seized.
Connected to the aforementioned branch and prior to that date, several unexpected interventions had been carried out, in which 32 kg of hashish, 150 g of heroin and 21 g of cocaine had been seized and another seven people were arrested.

Introduction of narcotic substances

On the other hand, during the progress of the investigation, the Civil Guard agents detected how the main investigator of the operation had traveled to the island of Lanzarote to direct in situ, the introduction of a batch of hashish through the use of boats pneumatic.
After several months of negotiations with the owner of the narcotic substance in Morocco, due to the difficulties that the organization encountered in removing the merchandise from the aforementioned country, due to the confinement measures due to COVID-19, at the end of July They achieved their purpose by introducing a boat on the island of Lanzarote.
Once the shipment of the illicit substances had been prepared, the organization had an infrastructure in charge of giving the substance entry and then transferring it to a safe place to hide it, a place commonly known as a “nursery”, until it was released to the market. Once in that place, it was broken up and they were removed in smaller batches.
At the beginning of August, when the organization was preparing to remove a consignment of merchandise from the supposed nursery, located in the town of Tinajo, on the island of Lanzarote, they were detected by the investigating units, proceeding to the intervention of a vehicle and the arrest of the three occupants of the same, to carry inside approximately 30 kg of hashish.
Following this intervention, four entries and registration were made in the towns of Arrecife and Tinajo, on the island of Lanzarote, where three other people were arrested, 270 kg of hashish, a pneumatic boat was seized , two engines, several fuel canisters and 3,000 euros in cash.
The Operation has been directed by the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 4 of Granadilla de Abona (Tenerife) and the Anti-Drug Prosecutor's Office of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and developed by the Territorial Team of the Judicial Police of Playa de las Américas, the Team against Organized Crime and Anti-drug (EDOA) both from the Organic Unit of Judicial Police of the Command of the Civil Guard of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the Team Against Organized Crime of the Canary Islands (ECO-Canarias) of the Central Operational Unit of the Civil Guard.
In addition, it has had the support of various units of the Santa Cruz Tenerife Command and the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Command, as well as the Headquarters of the Special Reserve Units, for the practice of the entries and records made .

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