The Civil Guard of Ciudad Real and the National Police of Madrid have dismantled a criminal organization dedicated to the trafficking of marijuana and designer drugs, prostitution, product forgery, extortion and robbery with violence. It has proceeded to the arrest of 121 people and investigation of another 7 more, most of them of Chinese origin, within the operation ‘Canito Alfa-Brexit’.
The first investigations were carried out in September 2016, when the Civil Guard learned that citizens of Chinese origin settled in Madrid could be buying wholesale narcotic substances from several Spanish citizens in several provinces of the national territory, the Guard reported. Civil in press release.
As a result of several inquiries, the agents were able to verify that the group of Spanish citizens who sold marijuana were criminals known to the investigators, most of them with numerous police records for drug trafficking. The agents detected some sales in several locations in the province of Ciudad Real, the final destination of the drug being export to several cities in Europe, among the most prominent countries would be the United Kingdom, Belgium and Italy.
Due to the fact that the facts were committed in the demarcations of the Civil Guard and the National Police, a working group composed of both police forces was created, with the objective of dismantling the criminal organization.
As the investigations progressed, it was discovered the implication in the investigated facts of a great number of people that integrated a criminal organization in a network, perfectly organized, structured and decentralized and with a clear and well defined division of the roles, tasks and functions that each one of the members should comply.
The chiefs, citizens of Chinese origin living mostly in foreign countries of European scope, traveled punctually to Spain to acquire drugs; the intermediaries obtained suppliers of narcotic substances to the so-called ‘bosses’.
On the other hand, businessmen, citizens of Chinese origin settled in Spain, administrators of mercantile companies with registered office in the Cobo Calleja Industrial Estate, had large amounts of money, from tax evasion, to finance drug trafficking to bosses.
The transporters carried out all the logistics functions to subsequently carry out the shipment of the narcotic substance by means of postal parcel companies and the producers were in charge of growing marijuana in different parts of the Spanish geography such as Ciudad Real, Toledo, Madrid, Ávila , Almeria, Cáceres and Badajoz.
140 MILLION EUROS
During the investigation the agents corroborated how the criminal organization had a very high demand for marijuana, exporting an average of 500 kilograms of marijuana buds per week, which would mean a market value of about 140,000,000 euros.
During the twenty months of the investigation, the agents discovered that large-scale marijuana trafficking was not their main illegal means of profit, but that the organization was divided into six cells, each composed of a chief and with different types of crime and areas of action.
One of them was dedicated to the distribution of synthetic drugs introduced from the Netherlands, this distribution was made in five clandestine chalets and karaokes from various places in the community of Madrid (Usera, Parla, Leganés and Getafe), where the organization exploited ten women of Chinese nationality. Another of the cells was dedicated to illegal immigration, its objective was to fraudulently regularize the Asian women who later exploited sexually in the villas.
In addition, there was another group of people extorting Chinese merchants who had requested money loans to the organization, later the cell demanded a higher amount than they had agreed, by physical aggression or committing some robbery with violence. There was also another cell responsible for counterfeiting products that were distributed in bazaars and stores.
Once the evidence and indications that incriminated the investigated were obtained, the corresponding judicial records were requested from the Judicial Authority, so that 88 records were made in the provinces of Ciudad Real, Toledo, Madrid, Ávila, Almería, Cáceres and Badajoz.
They intervened 40,000 marijuana plants, 1,900 kilograms of marijuana buds ready for sale, 2 kilograms of glass (MDMA) hidden in several infant milk cans from the Netherlands, 2 kilograms of hashish, 500 grams of cocaine, 120 doses of ketamine, 200 pills of ecstasy, 50 doses of angel dust, 40 doses of a new drug called ‘tea’, a factory dedicated to the development and counterfeiting of lithium batteries and USB pendrive.
As well as a clandestine workshop for the falsification of screens and other mobile telephony components, hydraulic presses for cocaine adulteration, 150 kilograms of cutting substance, a cetme, rifles, muzzleloaders, two short firearms, 16 high-end vehicles , a motorcycle and 275,000 euros in cash.
The operation has been carried out in 9 phases, from September 12, 2016 until its completion on May 22 of this year.
The diligences instructed, have been delivered in the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 1 of Alcázar de San Juan.