Guardia Civil dismantle massive drug smuggling trade in Tenerife

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Photo courtesy of Guardia Civil.
An officer checking seized hashish.

AFTER several months of on-going investigation, a total of 17 people, mainly of Moroccan origin, have been arrested by the Guardia Civil who have also seized more than 1,000 kilos of hashish, several boats and cars, money and one pistol under an operation named Pinnace.

The investigation started in March of this year when the first members of a gang were arrested together with large volumes of hashish and various contact details were found which allowed the operation to widen its net to try to catch all of those involved.

It transpired that the members of this second gang were involved in some way with fishing and under this guise would go to sea and meet up with ‘mother ships’ from Morocco to ferry the hashish back to Tenerife from whence it was sold on the island or was smuggled to other islands and the mainland.

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In November of this year, a further 11 Moroccans and two Spaniards all resident in Tenerife were arrested and a number of arrest warrants have now been forwarded to the Moroccan authorities requesting that suspects in that country should also be detained.

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