The general director of the Civil Guard presents the operation Lodos where six criminal groups dedicated to laundering money from drug trafficking have been dismantled

María Gámez stressed that this operation is the result of the work carried out within the framework of the Special Security Plan for the Campo de Gibraltar

In the operation, 106 people have been arrested and assets between movable and immovable property of 2.5 million euros have been blocked

The LODOS operation stems from the actions carried out last year against a criminal organization dedicated to the international trafficking of hashish

The Civil Guard, through the Coordination Body against Drug Trafficking (OCON-SUR), has dismantled six criminal groups dedicated to money laundering and led by alleged drug traffickers living in the Bay of Cádiz and Campo de Gibraltar.

Fifteen searches have been made in the towns of Algeciras, La Línea de la Concepción, San Roque and Chiclana de la Frontera, resulting in the arrest of 106 people, the seizure of € 150,000 in cash, 1 pistol and abundant documentation.
The General Director of the Civil Guard, has stressed that this operation is the result of the work carried out within the framework of the Special Security Plan for the Campo de Gibraltar launched by the Ministry of the Interior in 2018 in which the Civil Guard participates through the Carteia Plan -which has meant the creation and reinforcement of research units, as well as the support of Units such as GAR and GRS.
María Gámez, has stated that this plan was updated last October, with the start of the Carteia 2020-2021 operation, whose area of ​​action is the autonomous community of Andalusia, especially in the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga, Granada, Almería, Huelva, Seville, the autonomous city of Ceuta and the waters adjacent to these territories.
“Our objective is to consolidate the Civil Guard's response to the phenomenon of drug trafficking and its related crimes in the Strait of Gibraltar and the rest of the aforementioned territories to respond to the new challenges, continue to dismantle criminal organizations and intervene in their resources and financial economic assets. in order to achieve and guarantee the objective and subjective safety conditions necessary and suitable in the area. "
He also highlighted that the LODOS operation is the result of the work carried out after the dismantling last year of a criminal organization dedicated to international hashish trafficking called BARROS, where the Civil Guard dismantled a criminal group dedicated to drug trafficking in which 91 people and 9 tons of hashish were seized on the coasts of Huelva and Cádiz. During this operation, the well-known “POTITO”, leader of this organization, was arrested.
This leader and his lieutenant had two people of his highest confidence who were in charge of executing his orders and directly managing the logistical tasks of supplying the boats used supposedly to transport the drugs. In addition, they served as a link between the members of the organization living in Chiclana and those in Campo de Gibraltar.
Likewise, María Gámez has said that as a result of these proceedings, an exhaustive patrimonial investigation has been carried out in which it has been detected that the leaders of the organization used people from their environment to secure property – movable and immovable – which would have made up a patrimony total of 2.5 million euros, which has now been blocked with the LODOS operation.
In this sense, the laundered money would have been used for the acquisition of nine chalets, a townhouse, three floors, a garage and various high-end vehicles.

Carteia Plan

The Director General has highlighted that in material resources, the investment for the Civil Guard in Campo de Gibraltar within this Plan is estimated at more than 8 million euros in 2020 and 2021. Soon, almost a hundred vehicles will be awarded to the Andalusia area (31 commercial colored vehicles, 21 all-terrain vehicles, 43 vehicles with patrol kit and one special vehicle)
Regarding the deployment, between September 2018 and the end of 2020, there has been a reinforcement of 221 Civil Guard officers.

Gibraltar Plan in the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga and Huelva

María Gámez, has indicated that in the first quarter of 2021, 536 operations have been exploited, of which 62 have been for money laundering. 801 people have been arrested and 55 tons of drugs have been seized. The value of the goods seized between January and March amounts to almost 19 million euros and 285 means of transport have been seized (187 vehicles and 98 boats).
In total, since the Safety Plan began in the summer of 2018, the data is:
  • 2,621 operations operated by the Civil Guard, of which 753 are for money laundering.
  • 5,553 people arrested.
  • 268 tons of drug seized
  • Seized assets worth almost 40 million euros and 1,133 vehicles and 404 boats, that is, 1,537 means of transport.
"As you can see, these are very conclusive figures of the enormous effort made by the Civil Guard, which is also attacking the heart of criminal organizations"
Finally, he congratulated the more than 200 agents who are developing the operation under the direction of Mixed Court no. 2 of Chiclana de la Frontera and the Cádiz Anti-Drug Prosecutor's Office.
For more information or confirmation of any other information, you can contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Civil Guard of Seville, on the phone 630 900 403.


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