María Gámez presents the results of the Overdose operation, in which one of the first hashish factories located in the national territory has been dismantled
Six people have been arrested for the alleged crimes of drug production and trafficking; and belonging to a criminal organization
Nearly 8,300 kilos of narcotic substances and industrial machinery specially designed to convert marijuana into 'hashish powder' have been seized.
The general director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez, presented this morning at the headquarters of the Murcia Command the results of the Overdose operation, with which one of the first factories of hashish and its derivatives in the national territory was dismantled.
The event was also attended by the Government Delegate in the Region of Murcia, Jóse Vélez; and the Colonel Chief of the Civil Guard Zone, Jesús Arribas.
During her speech, the Director General indicated that in this operation, which is part of the Police Response Plan for the illegal cultivation and trafficking of marijuana and its benefits, six people have been arrested for alleged crimes of processing and trafficking. drug; and belonging to a criminal organization.
The investigation, as reported by Gámez, began at the end of last year when the agents learned of the death of several inmates of the Murcia II Penitentiary Center, located in the municipality of Campos del Río, for causes related to drug and psychotropic use. .
Likewise, he highlighted that thanks to the permanent collaboration of Penitentiary Institutions, officials who make up the Internal Security Group of the aforementioned prison, alerted the Civil Guard that one of the prisoners was an important drug trafficker of Cadiz origin who, from his youth He had a long history of drug trafficking in the Campo de Gibraltar.
From that moment, the agents of the Anti-Drug Organized Crime Team (EDOA) focused the investigation on this main suspect, which allowed them to know that he had a network of collaborators abroad.
The general director explained that after months of investigation, the agents identified one of these collaborators who they learned had a prominent role within the organization and who, coincidentally, had served a sentence for four years together with the main suspect and leader of the the criminal organization now dismantled.
Investigators found out that this person was not only engaged in capturing and manipulating people into bringing drugs into the prison, but also managing his small drug distribution network abroad, mainly cocaine, and also hashish. To do this, he had a woman, a Brazilian national, who supposedly sold the drug to one of the clients in the place where he worked.
With the investigation focused on their movements, the civil guards detected their frequent visits to an industrial warehouse in the Alicante municipality of Bigastro, where the movement of people and bags, supposedly full of hashish, could be verified.
Machinery designed to turn marijuana into hashish resin
Gámez has assured that after the corresponding judicial authorization, a search was made in this warehouse, in which a machine was located, this one that you see here, specially designed to turn the previously processed marijuana into a powder. That powder, or ‘hash pollen’, after some transformation processes, adding additives and applying heat, turns into a rudimentary ‘hashish resin’.
It is a novel machinery, in terms of its implementation in national territory, since it would allow to avoid the complex and expensive structures that are needed to bring it by sea and land, directly manufacturing high quality hashish in Spain.
For practical purposes, the general director pointed out, it is the improvement of those known as 'Ketama Drums', with which the plants are pulverized in an artisanal way.
Gámez has concluded his intervention mentioning the material intervened during the search of the ship. Specifically, several large sacks were seized that contained pulverized yellow substance (hashish pollen), also bagged in units of one kilo of weight. In addition to numerous cardboard drawers and raffia sacks with a large amount of cannabis plants in different stages of processing.
Two freezer chests filled with cannabis plant bites and marijuana buds were also discovered. In total, about 8,300 kilos of narcotic substances have been seized.
The ship had a living area, with bedrooms and bathrooms that allowed the uninterrupted stay of several people. In these rooms, in addition, numerous large boxes were accumulated that were used to store dry marijuana.
The detainees, as well as the drug and the effects and the drug seized have been made available to the court of 1st Instance Instruction number 1 of Mula (Murcia).
For more information, you can contact the Murcia Civil Guard Peripheral Communication Office at 968.242.746.