17 members of organised crime gang arrested for drug trafficking

2020/07/29 07:14:06 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

The National Police have arrested 17 people, considered to be a criminal organization operating in Tenerife. They range between the ages of 29 and 54, and are charged with organised crime, drug trafficking, and money laundering.

The organization had a criminal hierarchical 'pyramid' structure, with it's members divided into groups for the tasks of transportation, storage, preparation, and sale of narcotic substances, distributing cocaine and hashish in different localities of Tenerife, in the north and south of the island.

After a complex investigation, the police action has been carried out, with a team of more than 60 National Police officers belonging to different services, with 17 home searches being carried out.

During these they have seized 1 kilo of cocaine, 9.5 kilos of marijuana, 500 grams of cutting substances, and anabolics, destined for sale in different parts of the island.

In addition, officers also confiscated a firearm, three electric pistols, and an axe, with which one of the detainees attacked the officers when they were arrested.

Also, the National Police has acted on the benefits produced by the organization's illegal activity to its members, confiscating 140,000 euros in cash, 30 vehicles including several luxury ones, and a boat.

The investigation is still open, and on the part of the agents, new actions in relation to it are not ruled out.
The current detainees have been placed at the disposal of the competent judicial authority, which ordered the entry into prison of two of them straight away.