Portugal link in record heroin drug seizure in Spain – 11 arrested

Spanish police agents have seized 65 kilograms of the narcotic and have dismantled the organization responsible for trafficking

Eleven people have been arrested in the province of Pontevedra, including the main person in charge, five Spanish, five Bulgarian and a man of Portuguese nationality

They used the Galician distribution channels for the subsequent transfer of the drug to the rest of Spain and to Portugal from Bulgaria

On 23rd August agents of the National Police and officials of the Tax Agency, in a joint investigation, have dismantled in Pontevedra an organization dedicated to the trafficking of heroin and have seized 65 kilograms of the narcotic drug. It is the largest amount of heroin seized in Spain in recent years. There are eleven detainees, including the main person in charge, five Spanish people, five Bulgarians and a man of Portuguese nationality.

The investigation began in 2016, when agents detected that a Spanish-Bulgarian criminal group would be trying to introduce in Spain a large quantity of narcotic substances from South America. On this occasion the group, composed of the eleven individuals arrested, attempted to transfer large quantities of heroin to Spain from Bulgaria. To do this, they used the Galician distribution channels and then transported the drug for the rest of our country and Portugal.

The Spanish members, along with another of Portuguese nationality, were in charge of the collection of the heroine and its subsequent delivery, also carrying out logistic tasks such as the rental of real estate for the concealment of narcotics and vans for the transfer of the drug, get the necessary tools for their illegal activity, etc.

They had chosen an industrial warehouse located in the Pontevedra village of Caldas de Reis to hide a truck type trailer, inside which hid the heroine. They intended to move the drug to another van and then take it to a safer place outside the ship.

As for Bulgarian nationals, two of them were responsible for driving the truck carrying the narcotics, while the other three gave security in the transport operation. In this way, the organization took important surveillance measures to avoid being detected, both in their travels and in their communications.

The operation has resulted in the arrest of eleven members of the organization and the registration of the ship used in the province of Pontevedra, where agents have seized 118 packets with 64 kilograms of heroin, 60,000 euros in cash, 15 Mobile phones and four vehicles, among which is the trailer-type truck in which they hid the drug.

The judicial authority has decreed the imprisonment of all those arrested.

 

 


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