Durcal, Órgiva Salobreña Bust

Thursday, March 22, 2018
By Hugh MacArthur

SAL Drugs Bust 03:18Fifteen people were arrested after being netted in the police anti-drugs-&-money-laundering operation, Cartusian, one of whom was from Salobreña.

This joint operation involving the Guardia Civil and the Customs Police confiscated 432 kilos of marihuana, 193 kilos of hashish, eight vehicles, 728 goats, 67 cows, twelve, pure-blood horses, 41 mares, seven donkeys, 25 foals, five ponies and nearly 60,000 euros.

Sounds like they raided a zoo…

This criminal organisation, which operated on an international level, laundered 1,135,000 euros: 769,000 on the purchase and renovation of a campsite and more than 366,000 euros through the purchase of a horse farm, a goat farm and a dairy farm.

Police investigations began in October 2017 when the Customs Police in conjunction with the Guardia Civil came across and individual in Órgiva with a criminal record for drug smuggling, who had been spending a large suspicious amount of money that didn’t coincide with his declared income.

They soon turned up that he was the head of a network specialised in buying up marihuana produced all over the province, as well as growing their own, and selling it in Europe.

Before long the police had located and identified all the members, living in the towns of Órgiva, Dúrcal and Salobreña, where the police carried out house searches. In Dúrcal, for instance, the Guardia Civil caught three French individuals, red-handed, buying marihuana from the gang leader.

(News: Durcal, Orgiva, Salobreña, Alpujarra, Lecrin, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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