Dismantled the largest production network of "Speed" detected in Spain

In the operation, 25 people were arrested and 114 kilos of Speed, more than 100,000 euros, 104 kilos of marijuana, 26 kg of liquid amphetamine and other narcotic substances were seized

2 complete laboratories have been disarticulated where the leader of the group, who had the knowledge and the necessary material was dedicated to the production of Speed ​​on request

In the framework of the “Beltza” operation, developed jointly by the Civil Guard and the Tax Agency, 25 people belonging to a criminal organization based in Navarra and with ramifications in the Basque Country and La Rioja, which had with the largest speed production network detected in Spain.

The operation seized 114 kilos of Speed, more than 101,800 euros, 104 kilos of marijuana, 26 kg of liquid amphetamine and other narcotic substances. Likewise, two laboratories that were located on one floor of the Guipuzcoan town of Orio and in a house in Arguedas (Navarra) have been dismantled, in which the organization had the necessary instruments to carry out the complete processing of the substances. pioneers, as well as with enough structure to undertake both production and distribution.
In addition, 1 real-fire 38 caliber revolver, 2 compressed air small arms, a detonating revolver and several high-end vehicles have been intervened
The operation began in February of last year, when the agents verified the existence of a criminal group based in the Comunidad Foral de Navarra that could be engaging in drug trafficking.
Continuing with the operation, the investigation was focused on the head of the organization and its network of collaborators, being able to verify that they were carrying out transports of narcotic substances between Spain and Central European countries. For this reason, in coordination with the French police services, the arrest, by the Bordeaux PNF and with the collaboration of the National Directorate of Intelligence and Customs Investigations of France, of a couple of Spanish nationality occupying an caravan car returning from the Netherlands carrying a kg of Speed ​​and 23 liters of liquid amphetamine.
Thanks to these arrests, the agents were able to verify how these people had links with other individuals residing in the Comunidad Foral de Navarra, so a follow-up was started on them, resulting in the existence of a criminal group in which each of the members had specific functions (obtaining raw materials, distribution, management, logistics and production, etc.).
Similarly, this group had ramifications in Orio (Guipúzcoa), Logroño (La Rioja) and various towns in the Ribera Navarra, points that served as storage places and laboratories.

Use of rental motorhomes to transport drugs

The organization maintained important security measures to carry out its activity by using shuttle vehicles or encryption of communications to hide its conversations about its criminal dynamics.
To transport the drug, they made use of rental motorhomes in which, by simulating a family tourist trip, they managed to transport the liquid amphetamine from their countries of origin (Germany, Holland, etc.) to the Comunidad Foral de Navarra , as well as drugs and money, the reverse order, to pay for amphetamine.

First arrests

The first arrest linked to the group was made in the town of Valtierra (Navarra). While a surveillance of one of the houses in Arguedas was carried out, the agents suspected a shipment of drugs in a vehicle transported by a crane, so a device was established and a person who was seized was arrested. 10 kilograms of "Speed" in the trunk of the vehicle that was transported in the crane.
The second of the arrests, which made the organization's way of transporting and obtaining raw materials change, took place in Sabiñanigo (Huesca), when two of the members of the group were transporting 93 kilograms of marijuana in a compartment of a motorhome. . The detainees, who pretended to be on a vacation, intended to move to Northern Europe to foreseeably make an exchange of marijuana for material for the manufacture of “Speed” in the laboratories of Orio (Guipúzcoa) and Arguedas (Navarra).
Given that the agents had suspicions that the organization intended to carry out another drug transport from the town of Arguedas (Navarra), and that this point was one of the places where they could have a laboratory and a kindergarten to hide the substances, a surveillance devices resulting in the arrest of a person carrying 32 Kilograms of amphetamine sulfate (SPEED) hidden in a secret trunk compartment.
Due to the multitude of houses in different localities of La Rioja, Guipúzcoa and Navarra, together with the security measures that maintained the objectives, it was very difficult to obtain their location. Once known, a total of 8 houses were registered in the provinces of Navarra (six), La Rioja (one) and Guipúzcoa (one). From the registry carried out in the two houses that housed the laboratories of Orio (Guipúzcoa) and Arguedas (Navarra), it allowed the location of 7 kilograms of Speed, useful for manufacturing the drug, liquid amphetamine ready for processing, in addition to acids and destined substances to the same end. In the Arguedas laboratory, in addition, 92,300 euros vacuum-packed were found.
In the houses of Arguedas and Castejón (Navarra), which were used as drug “nurseries”, 44 Kilograms of Amphetamine Sulfate (SPEED) were located. Part of this drug was found hidden in a false wall, embellished by wood, thanks to the intervention of the drug-sniffing dog of the canine unit of the Civil Guard.
It should be noted, according to reports by the Criminalistics Service of the Civil Guard, together with substances for their court, also seized, that they could have manufactured more than 500 kilos of "speed" on the black market with a final value of more of 25 million euros.
The investigations have allowed the arrest of 25 people, of which 17 were carried out in different locations in the Ribera Navarra, 2 in Guipúzcoa, 3 in La Rioja, 2 in Sabiñanigo (Huesca) and 1 in Virsac (France).
The operation has been led by the Investigating Court No. 4 in Pamplona.


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