The Civil Guard dismantles a network dedicated to the international trafficking of hashish on the coast of Sanlúcar de Barrameda

The organization hid the bales buried in a 1.5-meter-deep pit in greenhouses near the coast

So far, 19 people have been arrested and about 4 tons of hashish have been seized

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the MISTERIO operation, has dismantled a criminal organization dedicated to the international trafficking of hashish and that operated on the coast of Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz).

So far, 19 people have been arrested and 3,800 kilos of hashish have been seized, 5 boats (between semi-rigid and recreational), 4 engines, 36,000 euros, as well as 13 vehicles, 2 firearms and different electronic devices.

The operation began in May 2020 after learning of the existence of a criminal network that could be working in the Sanlúcar de Barrameda area, more specifically at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River.

Subsequently, in August it was found that a cache was going to be produced in the area known as Monte Algaida, for which a device was organized. One of the agents observed inside a greenhouse near the stash point that the soil had been removed, so the agents excavated there and found a concrete slab 1.5 meters deep. Under it, a den in which there were 46 bales of hashish weighing 1,378 kilos.

During the course of the operation and in the following months, other caches containing 830,398 and 1,200 kilograms of hashish, respectively, were seized from the organization.

Perfectly hierarchical organization

Little by little the Civil Guard is getting to know the components of the organization, since it was difficult to obtain information about it, as the network was very tight.

Despite the fact that they took numerous security measures and that their components, especially their leaders, were very violent people, the investigators located the leader, who was in charge of directing all operations and maintaining contacts with Moroccan organizations.

At a lower level, would be the logistics manager who, in addition to being involved in the transfers and launching of the vessels, would be responsible for the supply of fuel and the execution of the caches.

Lieutenants of the previous ones were four people with family ties to the previous ones and the leader's most trusted personnel. Among their functions were the maintenance and supply of cargo vehicles and boats. Another of them would be directly in charge of the caches and would also act as head of the colla (the hashish carriers).

The agents learned of the existence of another group, made up of 7 fully trusted people, who performed various functions within the organization. Two other people would be responsible for security at the caches. One of them would also provide the mobile phones for the organization's use and the other would also be in charge of the tuning of the boats and vehicles used to carry out the illegal activities.

In addition, the identities of the members of the crews of the vessels were known. Crewmembers are a very important step and one of the most exposed, which is why they are among the highest paid within the organization.

Once all the members of the network had been located, the exploitation phase of the operation was carried out in which 9 searches were made in homes in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and in which 200 civil guards from the Cádiz Command, OCON – participated. SUR, CRAIN, GAR and GRS.

For more information, you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Civil Guard of Seville, at 630.900.403.

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