A STREET gang in the Madrid suburb of Valdemoro which had spent two years recruiting young men and women into what was likened to a Latino gang has been broken up by the Guardia Civil which has arrested nine people in a series of raids on houses and squats in the area.
Having become aware of an increase in robberies by teenagers believed to be under the influence of narcotics in the Valdemoro area, specialist officers from the Guardia Civil command in Madrid spent time in attempting to identify members of the gang.
It became clear during the investigations that minors were being used to commit theft and also sell both stolen goods and drugs, and that those who didn’t wish to become part of the gang were punished or threatened until they agreed to join.
A number of concealed laboratories for marijuana and narcotics were found alongside weapons and even machinery for making necklaces and rosaries, favoured by Latino style gangs.
The agents were able to identify the ringleaders of the group known as the “Rolling Squad” and they discovered that a well-known gang leader from previous investigations known as “the Pearl” was also involved.
The operation was conducted by agents of the Latino gangs group from the Guardia Civil command in Madrid.
One of those arrested has been imprisoned awaiting trial whilst the others arrested have been charged and released, with those who had been squatting being instructed not to return to their squats.