The Civil Guard dismantles 6 important criminal organizations dedicated to drug trafficking internationally

During the operation, 85 people were prosecuted, with more than 5,200 kg of hashish, 141,000 euros in cash, 49 vehicles of which 26 had been stolen and 17 firearms, including an Ak47 assault rifle.

One of the disjointed organizations provided high-end, high-capacity vehicles that had been stolen in dealerships and workshops to other criminal groups engaged in drug trafficking.

These organizations were dedicated to introducing large numbers of hashish in Malaga and later transferred it to other Spanish provinces as well as to France, Italy and the United Kingdom

The Civil Guard, in the framework of the “Balbi” operation, has dismantled a total of 6 criminal organizations dedicated to the introduction of hashish along the Andalusian coasts and ports, to its custody in different coastal towns of Malaga, to provide logistical support to other criminal organizations related to drug trafficking and their subsequent distribution to other regions of Spain, as well as to France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

In the operation, 85 persons, of Spanish, English, French, Moroccan and Algerian nationalities, have been prosecuted for the alleged commission of the crimes of drug trafficking, belonging to a criminal organization, theft of vehicles, forgery of documents, reception, illegal possession of weapons and explosives, bribery, secrecy relief, omission of the duty to prosecute crimes and conspiracy for kidnapping and murder.

In addition, during the different phases of the operation, 40 registrations have been carried out in the towns of Marbella, Manilva, Ojén, Estepona, Monda in the province of Málaga, La Linea de la Concepción and Los Barrios in the province of Cádiz and Pinos Puente, Gójar and Láchar of the province of Granada.
5,276 kilograms of hashish, 322 marijuana plants, 7 kg of marijuana, 141,000 euros and 17 firearms were intervened, including an Ak47 assault rifle and 49 vehicles were intervened, of which 26 were stolen.
The dismantled organizations
The investigation began in August of last year, when agents learned of the existence of a criminal organization that was subtracting high-end vehicles with large cargo capacity in dealerships and workshops located in the Guadalhorce Valley during the opening hours of the same, mainly all-terrain.
In the same way, they subtracted this type of vehicles from citizens who, carelessly, left the keys put in gas stations, distributions on public roads, etc.
This Moroccan criminal group had frequent contacts with other drug trafficking organizations based in the province of Malaga and in the Campo de Gibraltar, which were provided with stolen vehicles that were used to carry out their criminal activity.
After several months of investigations and thanks to the information obtained on other criminal groups, it was possible to dismantle 6 organizations dedicated to drug trafficking to which this organization supplied stolen vehicles.
The first organization was dedicated to the theft of vehicles that were subsequently sold to drug trafficking organizations to remove the hashish bales from the beach. The 5 arrested for this reason are charged with at least 22 thefts of vehicles committed in the provinces of Malaga, Granada, Jaén and Seville.
The second of the dismantled organizations is of Algerian origin dedicated to the transport of hashish by the "GO FAST" method from Spain to France using large displacement vehicles.
In one of these transports, the agents stopped a stolen vehicle when it was traveling on the A-92 at the height of Santa Fe (Granada), ignoring the indications and undertaking the escape, being finally intercepted and detained 4 people and intervened 190 kilograms of hashish that were inside the tourism.
On the other hand, a third criminal group composed of 4 people of British nationality dedicated to the transport of hashish to the United Kingdom was dismantled, which had as a base of operations a country house in the town of Istán (Málaga) from where they prepared the shipments in double bottoms practiced in trucks. These trucks were loaded at the port of Santander for shipment to the United Kingdom pretending to be a moving company, with 1,100 kg of hashish being intervened.
Similarly, the researchers apprehended another 1500 kilograms of hashish in the town of Marbella that this group was trying to introduce into our country.
The fourth disjointed criminal organization was based in Estepona. Last December during a stash on the beach of Castor in the aforementioned town, the researchers managed to stop 5 of its members when they were surprised while carrying numerous hashish bundles in 2 all-terrain vehicles that they introduced at the foot of the beach, intervening in that time 1,230 kg of said drug.
In the same month of December, the agents seized another 1,200 kilograms of hashish while they were being sheltered on the beach in Bologna (Cádiz), where another stolen vehicle was used, which they used to take the drug from the beach.
The fifth dismantled organization provided logistical support to other criminal groups, providing housing infrastructure to hide drugs, stolen vehicles, as well as gasoline for boats used in the stalls. They had several country houses in the towns of Monda and Ojén (Málaga), which were used as “nurseries” to hide the drug. In the records carried out 108,000 euros in cash, 2 shotguns, 5 kg of marijuana and 3 high-end vehicles stolen were intervened, among other effects.
Finally, a sixth criminal organization composed of more than 50 individuals, mainly of Spanish nationality, who was based in the towns of Manilva and Pinos Puente, has also been dismantled. This organization used highly sophisticated methods and devices, encrypted communication systems and weapons of war, with 15 firearms intervened, including a Kalashnikov AK47 assault rifle, 56 kg of hashish, 322 marijuana plants, 3 boats and 4 vehicles stolen, among other effects.
This material was used to carry out shelters of notorious amounts of hashish on the coast of Malaga and Granada, as well as for the custody, distribution and transfer to other regions of Spain and European countries.
This group applied extreme violence to maintain internal discipline, conspiring to kidnap and kill one of its former members who was blamed for the removal of a significant amount of hashish valued at 1,000,000 euros.
The investigation has been carried out by civil guards belonging to OCON-SUR and the Judicial Police Team of the Civil Guard of Coín, directed by the Court of Instruction No. 1 of Malaga and promoted by the Anti-Drug Prosecutor's Office, with the collaboration of the police from the United Kingdom, France and Italy.


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