Police make 20 arrests after smashing liquid cocaine gang in Canaries
Agents of the National Police and the Civil Guard have arrested 20 people in La Palma, Tenerife and Seville as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of drug trafficking, belonging to a criminal organisation and money laundering after an anti-drug operation which led to the seizure of 2.6 kilos of liquid cocaine and five kilos of hashish.
The police operation was carried out by agents of the
National Police of the Santa Cruz de La Palma Police Station and the Organised
Crime and Anti-Drug Team (EDOA) of the Santa Cruz Civil Guard Command from
The operation began in mid-2019, when the first information
was obtained that outlined the presence of a criminal group settled in Tenerife
and La Palma with sufficient capacity to distribute large quantities of cocaine
on the islands.
With the progress of the investigations, it was verified
that the organisation was located on the islands of Tenerife and La Palma, from
where they provided the necessary infrastructure to import continuous shipments
of high-purity cocaine hydrochloride from Bolivia.
To do this, they used human couriers (mules) who carried the
cocaine inside their body and that had previously been introduced in latex
The organisation had a home laboratory located in a house in
a neighborhood of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where, once the human couriers
expelled the capsules containing the substances, the drug solidification and
adulteration process was carried out.
Cocaine was distributed to medium or small-scale sellers.
In August 2019 it was learned that the organisation intended
to import a consignment of drugs from South America, plans that were truncated
thanks to the work of the State Security Forces and Bodies, who were able to
seize some 1.3 kilos of high-purity cocaine in liquid form upon arrival at
Tenerife North Airport.
Despite this, the criminal organisation did not cease its
activities and in October 2019 the State Security Forces and Bodies again
seized more than a kilo of cocaine on the Santa Cruz de La Palma dock, when
said substance was to be introduced to the island.
Despite the restriction of international air traffic,
derived from Covid-19, the criminal network continued its smuggling. For this,
the leader of the organisation, together with one of his lieutenants, travelled
to the peninsula with the aim of negotiating the acquisition of a new
consignment of cocaine.
In July the human courier was arrested, carrying 210 grams
of high-purity cocaine, upon arrival at the Tenerife North Airport and the
narcotic substance intervened.
Between the months of July and September, agents of the
National Police and the Civil Guard carried out the exploitation phase of the
operation in a staggered manner, arresting 20 people in La Palma, Tenerife and
the city of Seville as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of drug trafficking,
membership of a criminal organization and money laundering.