Dismantled an organization that introduced hashish through the Guadalquivir in motherships

Joint operation of the Civil Guard and the National Police

There are 45 detainees, members of one of the most active drug trafficking organizations in Andalusia

In one of the frustrated places to this organization, drug traffickers ran aground two of their vessels in the bathing area of ​​Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz) in the month of August

In addition to the more than 7,000 kilos of hashish seized, seven vessels, eight firearms and more than 90,000 euros in cash have been intervened

Agents of the Civil Guard and the National Police, within the framework of the Candela-Narh operation, have broken up in Cadiz one of the most active drug trafficking organizations in southern Spain. The members of this organization introduced the drug by sea into motherships with which they accessed the Guadalquivir river estuary.

In operation since June, the operation has concluded with the arrest of 45 people, including the head of the organization, known as "El Tomate". The most important phase was carried out last September with the collaboration of the Tax Agency.

The detainees approached the drug at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River by two-way motherships, with powerful semi-rigid vessels, or by using a small fishing fleet based in Sanlucar de Barrameda (Cádiz). These ships were owned by the brothers-in-law of the organization's leader, nicknamed “Los Candelas.” To minimize the chances of losing all cargo, they divided the drug stores and transferred them to smaller, more discrete vessels from the area known as “The ship of rice ”.

Dangerous and aggressive maneuvers

In the persecutions to avoid being intercepted, they performed very aggressive and dangerous maneuvers that sometimes put the integrity of the crew themselves at serious risk. Specifically, last August, in one of the frustrated places to this organization, drug traffickers ran aground two of their vessels in the bathing area of ​​Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz). In their attempt to flee they left the boats in the sand at full speed being arrested shortly afterwards by the agents who were waiting for them on the ground.

In addition the group took multiple security measures that researchers have managed to save to completely dismantle the organization. In order to avoid being detected by the police, they carried out counter-surveillance, made very restrictive use of telephones, and did not hesitate to use firearms to defend their merchandise from possible “overturns” – as police slang is known, drug theft among organizations dedicated to drug trafficking – getting to shoot several agents whom they confused with some rivals.

The operation has culminated in the arrest of 45 people, including the group leader and the seizure of more than 7,700 kilos of hashish in the different records practiced. In addition, seven vessels, eight firearms, seven cars – three of them stolen -, 91,000 euros in cash and 2,150 liters of fuel have been intervened.

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