The Civil Guard dismantles one of the most important and active “drug clans” in the Galician Rías Baixas

6 people have been arrested, including one of the leaders of this well-known Galician clan of drug traffickers, as well as people linked to the international criminal organization of the "Balkan Clan"

All of these arrests took place in the municipality of Ribadeo (Lugo), where a total of 560 kilograms of cocaine that were being manipulated by the detainees were also intervened.

It has had the collaboration of the US agency DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), with several of its agents participating together with members of the Central Operational Unit (UCO) in the exploitation phase of the operation in the provinces of Lugo and Pontevedra

The Civil Guard, which has been called operation DINASTÍA, has completed an investigation focused on one of the most important criminal organizations in the Salnés (Pontevedra) region, led by one of the leaders of the well-known “Clan de los Pasteleros”, Historically linked to international drug trafficking for more than 25 years in the Rías Baixas.

The operation resulted in the arrest of 6 people, 4 of them of Spanish nationality; GRI of 41 years, GTS of 43, RRR of 34 and JAOR of 41, as well as 2 of Serbian nationality, PP of 36 years and ND of 37. The arrests took place inside and near a house in the Lugo municipality of Ribadeo , when they were handling a notorious amount of cocaine, which finally dropped a weight of 560 kilograms.

Important international collaboration

As a result of the international collaboration in which the Civil Guard acts with international organizations and agencies, it was learned that the criminal group under investigation was managing the importation of a significant amount of cocaine from South America to our country, for later distribution in Spain and Europe.

In this way, the Central Operational Unit (UCO) of the Civil Guard took over the investigation through its Team Against Organized Crime (ECO) based in Galicia, in order to identify all those responsible for this important consignment of narcotic drugs, whose introduction into our country would be through the Galician community, a territory dominated by this important criminal group that carried out its criminal activity through a logistical and business network created expressly for these purposes, with the appearance of legality and in the who acted with a conviction of total impunity and security for a long time.

Direct links with the "Balkan Clan"

During the development of the investigation, the agents were able to corroborate that among the possible implicated in this plot, there were citizens linked to the Clan of the Balkans, military ex-combatants from Eastern European countries, who had records of serious crimes against people and considered as highly specialized criminal, so it was necessary to have special units of the Corps at the time of the arrests.

It should be noted that, as a result of the analysis and intelligence obtained from the latest operations carried out against this type of crime, it is found that criminal organizations formed by citizens of Eastern Europe engaged in the trafficking of narcotic substances on a large scale, have It has been acquiring notable importance with regard to the importation and distribution of cocaine.

In the same way, the Galician coasts, due to their geographical location, constitute an attractive place for these criminal networks, thus becoming one of the key points for the trafficking and distribution of cocaine destined for Europe.

It has also been possible to verify that the investigated group had sophisticated and ingenious means to transport the narcotic, so much so that they intended to transport the drug through the Galician community using cranes, which would simulate the transfer of damaged vehicles in which they would hide the narcotic, being these escorted by several vehicles that would alert of any surveillance or police control.

These were not the only difficulties for the investigators, since the criminal organization had several of its members operating from South America to carry out the acquisition of cocaine at source, who had high knowledge in the use of sophisticated means of communication and computer applications for encrypted messaging when establishing contact between all levels of the organization.

Unprecedented operation

The “clan of pastry chefs”, faced with the police pressure to which the Pontevedra region of Salnés is subjected to avoid activities related to drug trafficking, chose Mariña Lucense on this occasion for the transaction of this important consignment of drugs.

In addition, these being aware of the police alarms that their journeys always generate, the agents were able to verify how on this occasion they implemented important measures of counter surveillance and detection of police devices.

But in this case, the Civil Guard, in order to guarantee that it was aware of the precise moment when the organization's leader made contact with the drug, and knowing that it could take years for this circumstance to occur again, activated a device unprecedented operation in the province of Lugo that made it possible to permanently monitor the movements of those now detained.

After the arrests, 7 properties were searched in the towns of Vilagarcía, Vilanova de Arousa and Caldas de Reis, all of them in the province of Pontevedra, as well as the headquarters of several companies that the organization used as a cover to carry out the activity illegal, involving high-end vehicles, encrypted media, cash, short firearms, as well as documentation related to the criminal structure now dismantled.

The investigation has been directed by the Central Court of Instruction No. 3 and by the Special Anti-Drug Prosecutor's Office, both of the National Court, and carried out by the Team Against Organized Crime (ECO-Galicia) of the Central Operational Unit of the Guard Civil, in collaboration with the American agency DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), as well as different units of the Civil Guard of the Comandancias of Pontevedra and Lugo, and the Special Intervention Unit (UEI).

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