OFFICERS from the Spanish Guardia Civil have dismantled a criminal organisation, based in Mijas, dedicated to smuggling big quantities of hashish from Morocco.
The operation, known as ‘Lomas’, discovered that the gang had been trafficking drugs to other European countries via the ‘Go-Fast’ method.
The Spanish police initiated the investigation last October after discovering several drug distributions in the area.
Following police efforts, these smuggling manoeuvres were able to be linked to an illegal group dedicated to hashish trafficking from Morocco.
The arrested individuals had been using vans to move the goods to Mijas, where they would wait in parking lots for several days before transferring the drugs to other European countries, for final distribution.
During one of the drug shipments, police officers had tried to identify a passenger of one of the vans, who then tried to escape resulting in a dangerous pursuit.
The chase ended with one of the criminal group’s vehicles being flipped over on to its side.
Police officers found several bales of hashish inside the vehicle and later continued with a house search finding more bales, money and a firearm.
As a result of the operation, another criminal organisation has been dismantled, with seven arrests made; the individuals have been charged with an illegal possession of firearms, money laundering, crimes against public health and belonging to a criminal organisation.