The Civil Guard dismantles an organization dedicated to the migration of people from Oran (Algeria)

The operation has resulted in the arrest of 7 people of Algerian nationality who lucratively ensured the entry, reception, stay or transfer of migrants to other EU countries

Four of the now detained were responsible for the shipment and transfer of people from North Africa and the remaining three performed the function of "receptadores"

Also, four vessels have been intervened and 79 people have been helped who were being moved crowded and in terrible conditions to the coasts of Almería

The Civil Guard, in the framework of the operation "CELESTINA CERROJO", developed in Almeria, has proceeded to the arrest of 7 people belonging to a criminal organization dedicated to the migration of people from Oran (Algeria). Detainees are charged with the alleged crimes against foreign citizens and belonging to a criminal organization.

During the development of the operation, 79 people who were being moved crowded and in terrible conditions to the Almerian coasts have been helped, among them a woman in advanced stage of gestation and one under 3 years old.

Of the seven detainees, four were responsible for the shipment and transfer of people from North Africa and the remaining three performed the function of "receptadores", facilitating disembarkation, stay in Spain or transfer if necessary to other countries of the Union European

The operation began when the Civil Guard, was aware of the existence of a criminal group that could be embarking on the coast of Algeria to people in fast boats, to move them to the coasts of the Almeria in exchange for large amounts of money. Subsequently, these people were received by members of the organization whose mission was to manage their stay in Spain or their subsequent transfer to other countries of the European Union.

Continuing with the investigations, the agents determined that the origin of the organization was located in Oran (Algeria), and that part of its members were based in the town of Alicante from where they managed the fate of people who managed to move to the Almeria coast .

It was also found that those responsible for the transfer of migrants made the navigation by open sea, in full or partially nocturnal hours, with boats that lacked the minimum security measures, with an excessive number of crowded people, with the risk of anxiety and on occasion, carrying out maritime transfers with young children and pregnant women in exchange for enormous economic benefits.

These boats provided with high horsepower engines, in some cases were also used as "narcolanchas", after arriving on the Almeria coast and disembarking the passengers, they returned to Algeria.

For this reason the Civil Guard proceeded to exploit the operation resulting in the detention of 7 people of Algerian nationality, aged between 39 and 21 years.

It should be noted that during the operation, the bosses in charge of the transfer of the migrants at the moment of the interception of the boats showed great aggression. At no time did they contemplate stopping, making evasive maneuvers with sudden changes in course and very dangerous approaches to the coast, without caring about the integrity of the people they were carrying on board.

In this device, members of the Civil Guard in Almería participated, equipped with thermal cameras and coordinated with the SIVE (Integral Service of Outer Vigilance), as well as several vessels for relief, rescue, interception and persecution.

The proceedings conducted by the Civil Guard, along with the detainees, have been placed at the disposal of the Juzgado de Instrucción on guard duty of the Almería, which has decreed the provisional detention of the seven detainees.

For more information, contact the Peripheral Communications Office of the Civil Guard in Almeria at 950621956 or 680411337.

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