The Civil Guard dismantles a criminal structure that controlled cocaine trafficking through the Port of Algeciras

More than 16.5 million euros have been intervened, being the largest amount of cash intervened to a criminal organization in Spain in the last 10 years

28 people have been arrested and more than 1,600 kilograms of cocaine seized

The organization counted among its members a worker from a container terminal in the port known among members of criminal organizations dedicated to cocaine trafficking, such as "Messi de la Torre."

Given the international connections the organization had, during the investigation it had the support of Europol








The Civil Guard has dismantled the structure of a criminal organization that was capable of knowing and controlling the maritime traffic of containers originating in South America and entering Europe through the port of Algeciras.

More than 16.5 million euros have been seized, being the largest amount of cash seized to a criminal organization in Spain in the last 10 years, up to now, 40 house searches have been carried out in the towns of Algeciras, San Roque , Marbella, Malaga, Ayamonte and Getxo, and the 28 members of this criminal organization were arrested. Not ruling out new actions and seizures.

This criminal organization under investigation had a complex corporate structure with different corporate purposes, the estimated value of the assets discovered so far being more than 5 million euros. Those investigated had an abundant movable and real estate assets, with the value of the discovered assets of more than 7 million euros.

Workers of the Port of Algeciras

The organization had a complex network of people working in different areas within the port area of ​​Algeciras.

One of the detainees was known among the members of the criminal organizations dedicated to the trafficking of cocaine through the port as “Messi de la Torre”, since due to the functions that he carried out in his work, he had timely and permanent information on the location of maritime containers from South America, as well as requests for container inspections requested by the Security Forces and Bodies.

On April 29, it was learned that the criminal organization was trying to introduce a large consignment of cocaine hidden among the legal merchandise of a “front” company dedicated to the fish trade.

Once the container in which the aforementioned company imported frozen mackerel through the Port of Algeciras had been inspected, 1,616 kg of cocaine were seized inside.

Among the detainees there is a Spaniard who was on the run from Spanish justice, who was arrested while residing with his family, in a house in Amsterdam (Holland). The arrest was carried out under a European Arrest and Surrender Order (OEDE) issued by the Judicial Authority, executed with the support of Dutch Police officers. This individual had been on the run since 2017 due to his involvement in another drug introduction operation in which the Civil Guard seized 3,500 kg of cocaine in Estepona (Malaga).

Likewise, due to the international connections that the criminal organization had, during the investigation they had the support of the Anti-Corruption Group of the European Center against Economic and Financial Crime (EFECC) of Europol, which is supporting the economic investigation against the disjointed organization and the alleged links of corruption that may exist.

The investigation was initiated last August and has been coordinated by Investigating Court no. 3 of Algeciras and promoted by the Campo de Gibraltar Special Anti-Drug Prosecutor's Office and developed by members of the Coordination Body against Drug Trafficking (OCON-SUR), Algeciras Command and Central Operative Unit (UCO), with the support of the Regional Center for Analysis and Intelligence against Drug Trafficking (CRAIN) and the Cadiz, Malaga, Huelva, Vizcaya Commanderies, Rapid Action Group (GAR), Reserve and Security Group (ARS) and Special Intervention Unit (UEI).

For the extension or confirmation of any other information, you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Civil Guard of Seville, at 630 900 403.

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