ONE of the biggest hashish smuggling networks in Spain has been busted.
National Police have arrested 27 people, seized 550 kilos of hashish €100,000 in cash, one real pistol and a simulated one, 3.000 litres of petrol for boats, 12 cars, two motorcycles and equipment used purify and pack drugs.
The narcotic was cultivated in Morocco and once smuggled to Spain it was distributed throughout the country.
Police say the gang was very organised and had “extreme security measures.” Although the nucleus of the organisation has been dismantled, the investigation continues open as police try to trace its major buyers as well as clients who were in turn retail sellers.
The investigation began in May last year when information unearthed by the police pointed to the existence of a drug trafficking network.
This organisation began its criminal activity in Morocco where they cultivated and processed the drug to immediately transport it to Spain through the Straits of Gibraltar.
Once here it was stored in different locations, known in police jargon as kindergartens, on the Costa del Sol.
Later the merchandise was transferred to Madrid in vehicles with hidden storage compartments.
There it was stored in two houses located in the towns of Pozuelo de Alarcon and Manzanares el Real and then distributed to different parts of Spain.
Once investigators had all the data about the infrastructure of the group, 16 searches were carried out in homes throughout Spain, the main ones being at the two houses in the Community of Madrid and one in the province of Malaga.