The Civil Guard detains the leader of the well-known Chestnut Clan that operates in the Campo de Gibraltar

So far, 29 people have been arrested and 10 tons of hashish have been seized in various caches made by the Clan in Huelva, Cádiz and Malaga, as well as weapons, cash, documentation and vehicles

Since yesterday, Monday, more than 400 civil guards have been carrying out arrests and searches in the provinces of Cádiz, Huelva, Seville, Málaga and Ciudad Real

The organization that acted as a cooperative had three branches and had three narco-landing sites to launch the semi-rigid vessels that transport hashish from Morocco

The Civil Guard, in the DIMANTLE operation that is part of the actions carried out in the fight against drug trafficking in the Campo de Gibraltar area and its area of ​​influence, has arrested the head of the most active organization that operates in the Campo de Gibraltar, known as the Clan de los Chestnuts, and several of its lieutenants.

To date, 29 people have been arrested and about 10 tons of hashish have been seized in various caches made by the Clan in Huelva, Cádiz and Malaga, as well as weapons, cash, documentation and vehicles.

The operation began last March when the Civil Guard learned of a narco jetty located on the beach of Palmones (Los Barrios), from where they would be launching semi-rigid boats with powerful engines, known as tires.

Investigators learned that the people who controlled the narco dock were directly related to the Chestnut clan.

After months of investigation, it was found that the organization worked as a cooperative and had two operational branches and another logistics branch.

Each of the operating branches had a “branch” in case police pressure prevented them from operating in their “comfort” zone, operating on the Guadalquivir river and Huelva.

In one of the caches perpetrated by said network in Sotogrande, one of those involved in it died.

The logistics branch was in turn divided into three others: that of narco-landing sites, that of crew changes and refueling, and finally that of the acquisition of tires.

In Ciudad Real, the organization had a transport company that collected the boats from the coast to prepare them and thus avoid the pressure they had from the Civil Guard in Andalusia.

The members of the network took extreme security measures in order to make it difficult to investigate the agents. In fact, the investigators verified how there would be people with unmanned aerial means that controlled the movements of the uniformed patrols of the Corps. Likewise, the organization had people (known as points) to provide security for the caches, as well as the launching and refueling of the boats.

In addition, the pilots of the group's boats used fishing boats as parapets until they reached the stash area to hide and avoid being seen from the coast.

During the investigation, the Civil Guard discovered that the organization had three narco-landing sites, places from where they carried out launching and tuning tasks for the narco-boats.
400 civil guards from the Algeciras, Malaga, Cádiz, Huelva, Seville and Ciudad Real Command Offices, as well as CCON-SUR, OCON-SUR, GAR, Air Services and Maritime Service participated in the exploitation phase.

For more information, you can go to the Peripheral Communication Office (OPC) of the OCON-SUR of the Civil Guard on the phone 630.900.403.


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