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Two more arrests in Sparrow operation for Morocco patera crosssings 

The Civil Guard has arrested two members of a criminal organisation dedicated to promoting irregular immigration from Morocco to the Canary coast within the framework of the Sparrow operation.

The investigation began at the end of 2020 when Civil Guard
agents had news about one of the detainees, who resided in a migrant reception
centre posing as someone else.

Regarding the other detainee, he lived on the island of Gran
Canaria together with other compatriots, having gone unnoticed by the police
forces. After conducting inquiries with the environment closest to him, as well
as on the operation of the network itself, it was concluded that both had
skippered one of the boats that arrived in the Canary Islands months ago.

This trip was not the only one, since it was common that
once they reached the coast, they returned to Morocco to continue exercising
their work in the criminal organisation, promoting new trips to the Canary
coast.

“The criminal organisation tempted people in a
vulnerable situation to offer them a way out to Spanish coasts upon payment of
a high amount – over 2,000 euros – which represents a great financial effort
for many of them. These criminal networks rarely offer guarantees on how the
journey and arrival at the coast will unfold, posing a real challenge for
migrants who dare to embark,” said a police spokesman.

The investigation remains open in order to clarify the
operation of the criminal organisation and new arrests are not ruled out.