Guardia Civil imposters face prison sentence after kidnapping drug baron’s wife in Spain

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IMPOSTERS: The men face a 13-year prison terms for kidnapping a drug baron’s wife. Photo credit: Shutterstock

TWO men posing as Guardia Civil officers face 13-year prison terms for kidnapping a drug baron’s wife in Galicia.

They and one other who was never identified visited the Vilagarcia de Arousa home of the wife of 49-year-old drugs kingpin Jose Ramon Dorgambide alias El Panadero.

At that time he was in prison for landing six tons of cocaine in an operation where 20 men were taken.

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The bogus Guardia Civil officers tricked their way into the house by telling a domestic employee they were there to deliver a summons.

Once inside she and El Panadero’s wife were tied up, hooded and taken to an abandoned warehouse where the impostors threatened to kill El Panadero’s wife unless she told them where the money was hidden.

One held a pistol to her head and, showing her a photo of her daughter, threatened to mutilate her.


“Which finger shall we start with?” they asked.

El Panadero’s wife finally gave in and once the money was in the abductors’ possession both women were driven back to the house.

“We have friends in the Guardia Civil, so we’ll know what you tell them,” was their captors’ final warning.


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