The Judiciary Police, through the Criminal Investigation Department of Ponta Delgada, in conjunction with the National Unit to Combat Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, as part of an ongoing investigation, identified and detained four men and one woman, heavily indicted for committing crime trafficking in narcotics.

Three of the arrests occurred in the municipality of Ponta Delgada and two in the Greater Lisbon area, which were carried out during a police operation in which several searches were carried out and developed in these two regions, allowing the detection and seizure of more than fifteen kilograms of pollen of hashish, sufficient for about thirty thousand individual doses, as well as a motorcycle, money, a large number of communications and computer equipment, as well as other relevant probative elements.

The investigation relied on the close collaboration of the GNR, through its dog team.

The detainees, aged between 23 and 37 years old, one of whom had recently been sentenced to a prison sentence of more than eight years, on the basis of similar facts, were present at the first judicial interrogation, four of which were subject to  preventive custody.