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santero animal protected arrested rites using performing species

Arrested for performing santero rites using protected animal species
Radio Sintonia:

Three people arrested who performed santero rites using protected animal species.

Agents of the National Police, in a joint operation with officials of Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency, have arrested three people, two men and a woman, as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of smuggling and against flora and fauna. These
people, allegedly, were responsible for the illegal introduction into Spanish territory of animals of protected species and their remains that, subsequently, were sold to be used in Santeria rituals.

Initiation of the investigation

The investigation began in 2021 when agents of the National Police learned that in two establishments on the island of Tenerife, one in Arona and another in San Cristóbal de la Laguna, animals of protected species and their remains were sold for use in Santeria rites.

In order to try to determine the route of introduction of the animals on the island, the Customs Surveillance Operational Unit of the Tenerife Tax Agency carried out a detailed analysis of the postal parcels. After these investigations, it was concluded that most of these animals were being introduced into the suitcases of several passengers in the regime of travelers, trying to circumvent the existing parcel controls.

Among the products they offered were bats, birds of Cuban origin, dog heads, wolf, monkey, cobra or crocodile, as well as elephant ivory, tiger tusks, gorilla teeth or African toads.

After the arrest of those responsible for commercial establishments in the inspections carried out in the establishments, the National Police seized live domestic animals intended for ritual practices, as well as remains of different protected animals; hippopotamus, lion, hyena, crocodile, chameleon or seahorses.

After a technical analysis of them, it was confirmed that they were included
in the CITES catalog, which confirmed the hypotheses of the investigators
and the alleged authorship of the crimes by those responsible for the

Finally, in a device that had the participation of agents of the General Information Commissariat and officials of
Customs Surveillance
of the Tax Agency, the investigators arrested on the island
of Tenerife, three people as alleged responsible for the crimes of
smuggling and against fauna and flora.

The specialists in charge of these investigations, keep email enabled so that any citizen can communicate related facts guaranteeing, at all times, anonymity and confidentiality.
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