The Civil Guard dismantles a major criminal organization dedicated to international drug trafficking from the Costa del Sol
This criminal group had created a fictitious food company, specifically for the production of canned tomatoes, guaranteeing road transport to Lithuania during the term of the State of Alarm decreed by the health crisis of COVID-19
200 kilograms of hashish have been seized in a truck, hidden in cans of fried tomato, in addition to a sophisticated "indoor" marijuana plantation with more than 700 plants located in a luxury villa on the Malaga coast
The Civil Guard, in the so-called VAISTAS operation, has dismantled one of the most important and active criminal organizations in northern Europe dedicated to international drug trafficking, which was based and operated from the Costa del Sol.
Three people have been arrested and another investigated, all of them of Lithuanian nationality, who periodically sent to their country significant amounts of hashish and marijuana that they cultivated themselves, hidden in tinned tomato cans.
The investigations began at the beginning of last March, when the Civil Guard became aware of the existence of a group of Lithuanian citizens settled on the Costa del Sol, who could be sending various types of narcotic substances both to their country of origin and to other neighbors of the former Soviet Union.
Throughout the investigation, the agents have been able to corroborate how the disarticulated organization had a high degree of criminal specialization, since its members, despite the State of Alarm decreed by the Government as a result of the Covid-19 health crisis , had managed to maintain their illicit activities between Spain and Lithuania, through the creation of a fictitious food company, specifically for the production and packaging of canned tomatoes, which guaranteed them the ability to bypass all the mobility and confinement restrictions imposed by the authorities, as well as ensuring the shipment of narcotic drugs to northern Europe by land.