Drug smugglers reorganize ‘business’ in Galicia and Andalusia

All kinds of drug trafficking issues through ports (Algeciras, Barcelona, ​​Cantabria, Valencia, Vizcaya) and airports (Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Malaga and Valencia) worry the Special Drug Enforcement Office, as it was last warned. notice. In particular, activities in the gulf Algeciras: “This is very important and this is reflected by the delegate of the locality in question, by the regional delegate, as well as in the provincial reports of Cádiz, Huelva, Seville, Malaga and Almería”.

Drug traffickers are reorganizing their illicit business, especially in Galicia, where former organizations now focus on heroin smuggling, and containers with cocaine are starting to appear in southern Andalusia.

In its report, the Special Prosecutor’s Office refers to the activity in the port of Algeciras in two different ways of working. “On the one hand, the importation of cocaine via containers via the port of Algeciras poses no citizen safety issue in principle, but poses public health issues, and with the seizure of ‘test shipments’, some produced over a tonne, which puts organizations at risk of loading large quantities into each container. means”.

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On the other hand, the entry of cannabis from Morocco by private vehicles or transport has been significantly reduced in the first case by the closure of the border and in the second case by the transport and the corresponding reduction. more ability to check the goods.

Exactly the other day, the 4th National Police and Tax Office reported that an international crime syndicate has been deployed, aiming to smuggle more than a ton of cocaine into Spain.

Dismantling of the narcotic boat assembly workshop in Campo de Gibraltar. CIVIL TRUST

Fleeing from a small municipality in Asturias, members of the crime syndicate bought sailboats to cross the Atlantic Ocean and stockpile in South America the narcotic substance they later brought to Spain.

The organization has invested heavily in security to secure its internal communications and thus avoid detection. They also took advantage of the latest technology through the use of state-of-the-art mobile phones and even set up integrated groups that perform counter surveillance when meetings take place.

They also established 50 companies that they used as fronts for money laundering from drug sales. This network of companies was distributed throughout the Spanish territory, with links in Panama, Colombia and other European countries where “straw men” appeared.

According to the National Police and Tax Administration, the function of these figures was to prevent the real identity of those actually responsible for money laundering business transactions from being identified.

Twelve people were arrested in Asturias, Las Palmas, Madrid, Malaga and Valencia, with more than 100 bank accounts blocked and more than a ton of cocaine, three boats and more than 200,000 euros in cash seized.

Police crackdown ‘moves’ drug business

The second fact, according to the report of the Special Drug Enforcement Prosecutor’s Office, is the establishment of organizations and groups in the Bay of Algeciras specifically dedicated to cannabis trafficking and, in principle, the largest police effort. It has been allocated through the Campo de Gibraltar Security Plan initiated by the Ministry of the Interior.

In the prosecution’s view, this police repression seems to have managed to control or at least significantly reduce the citizen security problems created by this criminal activity, but it has led to new phenomena such as the “formation of groups or groups.” Organization of inhabitants of different regions of Andalusia with a clear distribution of functions; The search for new areas for drug stores and deposits, such as Huelva and even Portugal, where high-speed boats, a prohibited species in Spain, are absent in that country, reach Cádiz, the Guadalquivir river to Seville and the Costa del Sol, even the province of Almería”.

Galician mafias eluded Madrid

Prosecutors are impressed by the perpetuation of “traditional” organizations that save sectors of criminal activity, such as the so-called “Galician mafias” dedicated to cocaine extraction in the autonomous community in question (Coruña and Pontevedra).

“All these events show that the criminal activity of drug trafficking, committed by criminal organizations or groups, is spreading across national territory, not forgetting the existence of certain phenomena in certain areas and the detection of new trends,” anti-drug prosecutors point out in their report. memory.

Thus, Galicia now appears to be a “logistics” center for the distribution of heroin, which comes by road from the Netherlands and carries its effects to the autonomous community, as well as a region with significant cocaine smuggling activities. , and even to Portugal and Andalusia; At this point, Galician organizations dedicated to this latter activity—and they seem to be disconnected from those dedicated to marijuana or cocaine trafficking—are giving up Madrid as a possible transit point and picking up the drugs on high-capacity roads by trucks. camouflaged trailers.

On the other hand, the activities of prosecutors in this area have resulted in a notable increase in money laundering cases – taking into account that they are only recorded as such when the significance of assets obtained and profits made requires a process independent of the one initiated. For drug trafficking – a notable increase in the number of persons temporarily incarcerated for these crimes, etc., with additional problems regarding the management of confiscated assets.

The epidemic has affected the drug trade

“Concerning the consequences of the pandemic, we must distinguish between the trafficking activity itself and its possible repercussions on processes, as some restrictive action measures have been extended in some autonomous communities.”

From a drug trafficking perspective, criminal activity appears to have been affected, only to be restrained last spring by the prolonged restriction of movement and the closure of businesses and borders; For example, requests for cooperation on road transport of narcotic substances from other European countries were reduced and resumed in the autumn.

While figures are not available, the reduction in international flights logically meant a reduction in the carriage of drugs (cocaine) in the passengers themselves, their bodies or their luggage. However, road transport by sea containers and even ad hoc ships does not appear to be decreasing”.

Operation Trigger VII led to more than 500 arrests in LYON (France) in 19 countries.  INTERPOL
Operation Trigger VII led to more than 500 arrests in LYON (France) in 19 countries. INTERPOL

On the other hand, the activities of prosecutors in this area have resulted in a notable increase in money laundering cases – taking into account that they are only recorded as such when the significance of assets obtained and profits made requires a process independent of the one initiated. For drug trafficking – a notable increase in the number of persons temporarily incarcerated for these crimes, etc., with additional problems regarding the management of confiscated assets. As for the consequences of the epidemic – by extending some restrictive action measures in certain communities[1]autonomous units – we must distinguish between the trafficking activity itself and its possible repercussions on processes.

“The delegates’ memories are a reflection of the different facts identified. Finally, the increase and spread in the national territory of cannabis associations or clubs whose origins can be found in Catalonia, especially in Barcelona and the Basque Country, but spread to other regions such as Alicante, Cantabria, Lérida or Madrid. In this summary, the Prosecutor’s Office emphasizes the phenomenon of so-called “narco-apartments”, often in the center of cities (Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Cádiz or Huelva) and even in towns and entire neighborhoods with high concentrations of drug trafficking. (in Barcelona or Madrid).


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