Cocaine smuggled into Tenerife “by post” for selling in tourist south
Police in Tenerife have arrested five people and seized seven kilos of cocaine after busting a major criminal organisation dedicated to smuggling the drug into the island.
The large quantities of cocaine came from South America, specifically from Uruguay, and led to sales throughout the tourist areas of the south via local “pushers”.
Raids were carried out in Parque de La Reina, El Fraile , El Médano and San Cristóbal de La Laguna where the defendants lived.
The five arrested are three men and two women – AHPP, of Uruguayan nationality, GMGC, of Spanish nationality, CAAG, of Spanish nationality, DEE, of Spanish nationality, and RDR, of Uruguayan nationality. They face charges of drug trafficking and belonging to a criminal organisation.
The investigation began at the end of May when a first postal shipment containing five kilograms of cocaine was intercepted by the Fiscal Company of Barajas Airport (Madrid). As a result of the surveillance work on the investigated group, and analysis, it was found that each member had a mission within the organisation, including receiving the drug, handling and sale of the narcotic substances sent in postal shipments from Uruguay to Tenerife.
In the months of August and September, two more shipments were detected, also from Uruguay. The first one, in the form of a decoy, was empty, and the second, contained two kilos of cocaine.
Seven kilos of cocaine were seized during the raids, seizing 61,200 dollars, 8,300 euros in cash, one kilo of marijuana, tools for handling, adulteration and distribution of the drug, two simulated firearms, as well as a vehicle.
The investigation, framed in the so-called Police Operation TUBO TF, was developed by the Organised Crime and Anti-Drug Team (EDOA) and the Territorial Judicial Police Team of the Civil Guard of Playa de las Américas.
“With this action, the Civil Guard dismantled an im-portant criminal organisation dedicated to the introduction of large quantities of cocaine to Tenerife by post, and subsequently supplied that substance to a prominent number of small local vendors, who were responsible for the supply of narcotics to final consumers in the area of ??El Médano, San Isidro, Granadilla, and most of the tourist areas of the south of the island,” said a police spokesman.