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Corrupt Guardia leader was shielding drug gang

AS head of the Comandancia de Isla Mayor in Sevilla, a Guardia Civil sergeant was supposed to be tackling crime in a region experiencing an increase in drug-trafficking.

Instead, he did he opposite, joining the narco payroll and ensuring that the hash shipments arrived uninterrupted, over a four-year period.

Between 2012 and 2016, the Guardia Civil leader protected the hashish smugglers, in exchange for huge wads of cash.

The gang moved the drugs from Morocco, along the Guadalquivir river, which became a popular route in recent years, as business heated up along the Costa del Sol.

The Guardia chief, given an agreed €6,000, was promised €20,000 each time an operation was completed successfully.

To achieve this, the corrupt officer enlisted three other agents to ensure the drugs arrived without problems.

The agents, also on the payroll, provided tactical information about Guardia Civil patrols, which meant the traffickers always knew where the officers were, so they could avoid them.

Police are aware that the corrupt leader earned at least one cash payment of €22,040, which he entered into a shared account with his wife in small instalments, over the four-year period.

“The sergeant knew the money came from criminal activity, because he received it directly from the traffickers before paying his fellow, corrupt cops, their cut,” read the judgement.

“He then kept some of his cut in cash, €2,350 of which was found in his home, before the rest was deposited in small sums into his checking account, to confuse it with his legal income, and to hide its criminal origin.”

The unnamed man has now been sentenced to 14 years for drug-trafficking, money-laundering and bribery after his appeal was rejected by the National Court of Appeals.

The court said: “He did just the opposite of what you should do,” adding that he breached the obligations of his office, while putting the health of citizens at risk.

An appeal by the man’s wife was also rejected by the court, who ordered her to return €22,040, believed to be the spoils of money-laundering.

Those also convicted in the case, including the three other corrupt agents, did not appeal their respective convictions.

 

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