One anti-drugs operation led to another resulting in 13 arrests six months later

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FALSE BOTTOMS: Boats were not what they appeared to be, credit: Guardia Civil

THE Guardia Civil made 13 arrests after dismantling a cannabis-smuggling organisation based in Almuñecar and Nerja.

Searches carried out in both towns revealed two firearms, €19,375 in cash, six boats – two with false bottoms –  nine vehicles, two motorcycles, 40 mobile phones, four walky-talky radios and radar-sonar equipment.

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Those arrested included the head of the organisation. This did not operate only for itself but also gave logistic support to other smuggling organisations as the Nerja-Almuñecar group had equipment for launching boats, provided personnel and carried out surveillance, supplying others with information of Guardia Civil and police movements.

A joint Guardia Civil-Tax Agency investigation was launched last November after intercepted 900 kilos of cannabis were intercepted on Sabinillas beach in Manilva.

This resulted in six arrests which eventually led to the entire group.


 

 





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