Wednesday, March 29, 2023

They seized two tons of cocaine hidden in a tuna can

The civil police, within the framework of the XELINSULAM-ALBACARES operation, began to arrest 15 people in Cantabria established as criminal organizations and committed to massive fraud against banking entities and the introduction of cocaine through the Port of Algeciras.

In the operation, two tons of cocaine, which were hidden in a vessel from Ecuador, were seized and assets were blocked, bank accounts, accounts in ‘neobanks’ and various properties, all adding up to a value of 1,524,000 euros. The Civil Guard reported to the press.

The operation began in February of last year, when agents became aware of a criminal network based in Castro Urdiales (Cantabria), dedicated to large-scale fraud against banking entities.

With continued investigations, it was discovered that this organization was brought in by a group of people of Colombian origin, with the aim of forming the core of the security and logistics necessary to introduce cocaine through the Port of Algeciras.

The civil guard was treated to identify Colombian citizens, since it was possible to know that these people are directly related to the Colombian cocaine laboratories, as well as to the network of hitmen and people running for justice in the United States.

With continued investigations, the agents were able to relate this arrangement to an ongoing investigation that was being carried out in Algeciras, where 2,458 kilograms of cocaine were hidden in tuna fish from a container in Ecuador.

Front men at the head of the network of fictitious companies The leaders of the organization were placed in front of the people who were placed at the head of the network of companies, whose only purpose was to create a fictitious activity, covered with all kinds of deception, to justify it. at the request of creditors of the highest weight to dependent entities.

The money is automatically distributed to other companies in the network with tables both in Spain and abroad. Also, members of the government used capital through credit cards from financial technology companies or “neobanks”.

In addition, they led a life surrounded by luxury, using high-end vehicles, obtained through car rental scams.

As a result of the investigations, the agents obtained sufficient evidence to impute the seizure of 2,458 kilos of cocaine to the said organization, as well as to three commercial companies, proceeding to a police operation organized in five different provinces (Cantabria. , Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa, Madrid and Valencia).

The first detections were made in the town of Amorebieta (Vizcaya). Later, after the agents witnessed the delivery of 1 kilogram of sulfate (speed) during the operation, four arrests and four searches were made. In the records, among other results, more than 3 kilograms of marijuana ready for sale and two high-end vehicles were seized.

Understanding of the main members of the Organization

As a result of these actions, the Civil Guard began to arrest 11 more people as alleged factors involved in the introduction of 2,458 kilos of cocaine.

In the records, a cocaine cutting laboratory was discovered in which all the materials necessary for the engineering of drugs were placed, and more than 600 pounds of cocaine in rock, several guns, small amounts of hashish and amphetamines. in cash, three high-end vehicles and a fourth high-value vehicle that the police had reported as stolen.

The total value of the seized drug capital is more than 87 million dollars.

Likewise, the scams of the banking network are being investigated, taking care to determine the existence of at least 34 damaged financial institutions, a number of companies renting vehicles, so that a large financial loss has yet to be determined.

The investigation was carried out by the Organic Unit of the Magistrates of the Judicial Zone of Cantabria and the Algeciras Command, the Judicial Team of the Territorial Police of Castrum Urdial, as well as by the Economic Crimes Group of the Central Unit (UCO). direction of the Chief Anti-Medical Prosecutor of the Superior Court of Justice of Cantabria and the Court of First Instance and Instruction number PRIMI Castri Urdiales (Cantabria).

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