The Civil Guard breaks up a criminal organization that transported hashish between Spain and the Netherlands in boxes of garlic

Eight people are detained and 175 kilos of hashish and 61 kilos of marijuana have been seized, among other effects

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the Garlicor operation, has broken up a criminal organization dedicated to the land transport of large amounts of hashish from Córdoba to the Netherlands. There are eight people detained, of Spanish and Moroccan nationality, and 175 kilos of hashish and 61 of marijuana have been seized. The drug was transported from Córdoba to the Netherlands camouflaged inside boxes of garlic.

The investigations began last June 2019, when the Civil Guard became aware of two arrests of drugs by the Dutch authorities, of approximately 2,800 kilograms of hashish and 157 of marijuana. Subsequent investigations revealed that a criminal organization that could be related to these shipments was trying to rent warehouses in industrial estates in Córdoba, with the aim of using them to hide the drug until they were distributed.

Subsequent investigations made it possible to determine that behind these shipments was a perfectly structured criminal organization, made up of eight people with defined roles within the organization, ranging from renting warehouses to finding clients for the sale of the drug, whose leader He was a North African citizen with Dutch nationality.

The progress of the investigation allowed to find out that the organization had rented two warehouses in two industrial estates in Córdoba and to determine the modus operandi used by the organization.

Modus Operandi

The “modus operandi” used by the organization consisted of storing, handling, concealing, and preparing for shipment large quantities of hashish and marijuana that were camouflaged in boxes of garlic.

Detainees and searches made

After locating the warehouses where the drug was being hidden, in two industrial estates in Córdoba, they proceeded to inspect them, locating more than 175 kilograms of hashish and 61 kilograms of marijuana inside, and two members of the organization in charge of guarding, hiding and preparing for shipment the drug in boxes of garlic, which were detained.
Subsequently, two homes were searched in Benalmádena (Málaga), where € 3,000 have been intervened, possibly as a result of the sale of the drug. Likewise, during the development of the operation, another € 1,970 has been intervened in fractional tickets and 3 vehicles.
The operation has been carried out in the city of Córdoba and in the town of Benalmádena (Málaga), and has been carried out by the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Command of the Civil Guard of Córdoba, in collaboration with the Coordination Body of Operations against Drug Trafficking (OCON Sur) of the Civil Guard. Members of the Citizen Security Unit of Córdoba have also collaborated, acting under the direction of the First Instance and Investigating Court number 5 of Córdoba and the Córdoba Anti-Drug Prosecutor's Office.
For more information you can contact the Press Office of the Cordoba Command on the phone 957 41 41 11, ext. 2222


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