THE Guardia Civil has smashed an international drug trafficking network and recovered 180 kilos of cocaine. The gang used boats to transport the drugs from South America to Europe.
Thirteen people of Spanish and Colombian nationality have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking, money laundering and being part of criminal organisations.
Arrests took place in Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Sevilla. Two International Detention Orders were also issued.
Drugs were seized, a sailboat, nine high-end cars, two motorcycles and 200,000 euros in cash as well as computer equipment and mobile phones.
The Guardia Civil discovered that the organisation had two nerve centres, one in Venezuela, where the narcotics came from and the other on the island of Lanzarote, where the heads of the organisation gave guidelines to the rest of the people involved on how to hide the merchandise, distribute it, collect money from the sales and finally send money using ‘mules’.
The group operated under the cover of music festival at well-known entertainment venue in Arrecife (Lanzarote) to mask their criminal activity, making it practically undetectable.