The Civil Guard dismantles an organization dedicated to money laundering from drug trafficking
7 people have been arrested and another 20 have been investigated in the Sevillian towns of Lebrija and El Cuervo
It is estimated that they could have laundered 3 million euros during the last 10 years
They bought a lottery administration, whose value they appraised well below its price paying almost 300,000 euros in black money
The Civil Guard, within the framework of the PANECITO operation, has dismantled a criminal organization that laundered capital from drug trafficking. 7 people have been arrested and another 20 have been investigated in the Sevillian towns of Lebrija and El Cuervo.
The operation began after seizing more than 4,000 marijuana plants from an organization in June last year.
After that, the agents detected how behind this network there was an important network of companies run by a family clan, which had been diversifying the origin of the funds obtained, as a result of the cocaine trafficking, for more than 10 years.
After 9 months of investigation, it was detected that the organization used the most varied techniques to launder that important amount of money that they had obtained illegally.
To do this, they used figureheads and front companies to title part of the movable and luxury real estate owned by the criminal organization.
They even acquired 27 prize winners and coupons from ONCE.
After that, they bought, through a shell company owned by the leaders of the organization, a lottery administration in El Cuervo. They appraised the value of the operation well below its price, the rest being paid in black money. The amount of money laundering in this operation would amount to 300,000 euros.
They wanted to build a photovoltaic plant to obtain permanent income
In addition, they acquired a cooperative company with land owned with an area of 200 hectares and with a value of 1,200,000 euros. In this property they wanted to build a photovoltaic plant to get permanent income.
On the other hand, they used the technique of "smurfing" which consists of depositing small amounts of money into bank accounts, whose holders were members of the organization. During the period under investigation, cash inflows totaling 1,500,000 euros have been detected.
They also simulated work contracts by outside companies, registering members of the network with social security despite the fact that they did not receive payments from these companies or perform any effective work.
They used a multitude of vehicles from various companies without economic activity in order to avoid civil liability derived from the crimes they had committed. This organization would have used about 65 different vehicles to evade police control.
Once the business and economic plot of the group was known and after requesting authorization from the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 1 of Lebrija, properties of the members of the organization were registered, in which they found more than 130,000 euros in cash and abundant documentation that is being analyzed.
The court has decreed the seizure of all the properties of the organization and its members, the blocking of more than 150 bank accounts, the cessation of commercial activity of the 8 companies that ran the group.
Agents belonging to the Economic Crimes group of the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Seville Command, OCON-SUR, CRAIN and GAR have participated in the operation.
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.