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drug dismantled network smuggling

Drug smuggling network dismantled
Large-scale hashish smuggling network dismantled in Fuerteventura.
from Noticias:

The shipment of more than 1,600 kilos of hashish was intercepted by the Civil Guard when he tried to leave Fuerteventura in a double bottom of a tank trailer.

The Civil Guard has completed the operation 'Aristarco', with the dismantling of an experienced criminal group, whose six members have been arrested as alleged perpetrators of crimes against public health, for drug trafficking; and membership of a criminal organization. As a result of this investigation, the Civil Guard has uncovered a new route of drug introduction into peninsular territory, established through the Canary archipelago.

The investigation began last August, when agents of the Civil Guard of Murcia found out that a known criminal, a neighbor of the Murcian municipality of Las Torres de Cotillas, had bought an old semi-trailer cistern. His criminal history led to suspicion that the vehicle could be intended for the transport of drugs. The Civil Guards found out that he had also rented a tractor head, with the financing of an Alicante mercantile, and that the process had begun for the transfer of the semi-trailer to the Canary Islands, in principle, without any commercial interest

A load of molasses to justify transport

The surveillance of this vehicle took the civil guards to the Granada municipality of Motril, where they detected how it was loaded with a symbolic amount of sugar cane molasses, of those used as organic fertilizer, and then continue its route to island territory.

In view of its imminent departure, agents of the Commands of the Civil Guard of Murcia and Las Palmas coordinated the Police devices to carry out the surveillance and investigation of the movements of the truck from its arrival at the port.

Making the maritime route with a stop on the island of Lanzarote, the truck arrived on the island of Fuerteventura, where several individuals were already waiting for it, one of whom was recognized by the agents as an experienced criminal, also a neighbor of Las Torres de Cotillas, specialized in the manufacture of double bottoms in all types of vehicles.
The investigations carried out on this suspect allowed to find out that, in addition, under the guise of a company of horticultural products, he had established on the island a 'screen' company to give legal cover to drug shipments.

After several hours of interview with his island colleagues, the driver, supposedly instructed by them, drove to a ravine where he poured the load of molasses to then go to an industrial warehouse located in Antigua.
The next day, the truck began its route to leave the islands, protected under an alleged legal item chartered by the aforementioned fruit and vegetable company, while the agents followed in their footsteps.
Intercepted when he tried to leave Fuerteventura
The interception and examination of the vehicle culminated in the location of 1,600 kilos of hashish, from North Africa, hidden under a sophisticated double bottom of great capacity, enabled clandestinely inside. Subsequently, searches were carried out in the municipalities of Antigua on the island of Fuerteventura (Las Palmas), Las Torres de Cotillas (Murcia) and in the Alicante municipalities of Orihuela and El Pilar de la Horadada, where abundant documentation and material related to the illicit acts investigated were seized.
According to the investigation, it is a criminal organization, led by two businessmen from the Alicante transport sector, who had the collaboration of two experienced drug traffickers. Taking advantage of this geographical neighborhood, they established a platform with which to carry out the shipment of drugs from Morocco to the peninsula, stopping in the Canary Islands. It is suspected that some of the consignments of narcotic drugs had as their final destination other countries in the Community environment.
With the arrest of its six members – five of them Spanish and one Albanian – as alleged perpetrators of crimes against public health, for drug trafficking, and belonging to a criminal organization, the Civil Guard dismantles this criminal organization.
Operation 'Aristarco' has made it possible to unmask a new route of drug introduction into national territory, using a strategic point, due to its proximity to the Moroccan coasts, such as the Canary archipelago.
The detainees, the drugs, the semi-trailer and the rest of the seized effects, as well as the proceedings instructed have been made available to the Court of Instruction number 2 of Molina de Segura (Murcia).
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