International criminals arrested in Tenerife with connections to the Hells Angels

2020/08/24 12:55:57 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

The Guardia Civil and the Tax Agency, within the framework of a joint operation called 'Jabalí-Vulcano', has dismantled a criminal organization based in Tenerife led by the 'Canary Islands Branch' of the motorcycle group 'Hells Angels', resulting in the arrest of 6 of it's members.

In the operation, six properties have been seized and two highly sophisticated marijuana plantations were raided in Guargacho and Garachico, and a marijuana smoking club located in the most popular tourist area of ​​the Costa Adeje, owned by one of the detained men.

The investigation began in September last year and has had the support of the police and customs authorities of Denmark, Norway and Germany, according to an official Guardia Civil press release.

Among the detainees of various nationalities, two Germans, one Polish, one French, a Serb, and a Spaniard, all of them with different police and judicial backgrounds, was an individual who looked after one of the marijuana plantations and had an extradition order issued by the Serbian authorities since he has been identified as allegedly being a member of the most important criminal group in history which inluded the 'Pink Panther'.

Another of the detainees had an international arrest warrant from the French authorities for crimes related to prostitution and pimping.

Thanks to the investigation carried out, the agents have been able to verify that the main means of illicit financing used by the members of 'Hells Angels' of the Canary Islands and their support groups, was the cultivation, elaboration and distribution of narcotic substances, and to coerce and control certain labour sectors such as tattoo businesses or the security of hostess clubs.

From the records carried out, more than 1,000 marijuana plants have been confiscated, a large quantity of marijuana ready for drying and distribution; a large quantity of specific material for intensive indoor cultivation, treatment, elaboration and distribution of marijuana and its derivatives; 7 prohibited weapons (two air rifles, a taser pistol, an extendable fiber defense, a machete and two knives); a GPS beacon and 20 electronic devices.

The operation has been carried out by the Civil Guard Information Service, members of the DAVA of the Tax Agency, Citizen Security Units of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Command, Traffic Group, Seprona, GRS-8, Cynological Service Helicopter Unit, and coordinated by the Anti-Drug Prosecutor's Office and the Examining Court Number 2 of Granadilla de Abona.