Drug smuggling network dismantled

The Guardia Civil has broken up a drugs trafficking network involved in smuggling hashish from Morocco to France via Spain and 14 people have so far been detained.

Operation ‘Racimo’ began last August and in addition to the 14 arrests, a further 8 people have been charged in connection with laundering the proceeds through the purchase of properties in Ceuta, Almería and Cádiz.

The network, made up of a variety of nationalities including Spanish, French, Italian, Moroccan and Algerian, was divided into different cells, each with a different responsibility, so that if one was compromised, the rest could still operate.

The drugs were purchased in Morocco and then shipped through Spain in false-bottomed, stolen vehicles and at high speed. The drugs were vacuum packed and then inserted into milk carton packaging in an effort to avoid detection by sniffer dogs.

A total of 790 kilos of hashish was seized during the operation.

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