They dismantle a criminal gang dedicated to the trafficking of heroin in El Fraile
The Guardia Civil has arrested eight people, seven of whom are in Tenerife and one in Madrid, accused of smuggling heroin from Madrid to El Fraile in the south of Tenerife, as ‘drug mules’ with small packages of the lethal substance inside their bodies.
In the official police report released this morning, it states that the drugs were brought in by people from sub-Saharan African countries that carried the substance inside their bodies wrapped in plastic that they had swallowed to ingest it, until they arrived at their destination in Tenerife.
After catching two of the mules in Madrid, a police investigation determined that once the organization had the drugs in their possession, they contacted someone who cut and packaged it for smuggling. Investigating agents were able to discover that he used, among other harmful substances, phenacytin to cut the drugs, which was supplied to him by a contact in the town of Torrejón de Ardoz, in Madrid.
From this breakthrough, agents were able to determine a clear allocation of roles within the organization, and saw that part of it was responsible for the acquisition and preparation of the heroin, another for the distribution and trafficking of them, and finally the branch dedicated to the definitive sale to the buyers.
The investigation has ended with the arrest of 7 people in Tenerife and 1 in Torrejón de Ardoz in Madrid. In total the police have searched eight houses where 5 kilos of heroin, 23.8 kilos of methamphetamines, 277 grams of cocaine, 30 kilos of cutting substance, and a press to make the small packages that were ingested, were seized, six grinders used to cut the drug, apparatus for cooking narcotic substances, precursor chemicals, 3,000 euros in cash and 20 mobile phones.
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The investigation has been developed by the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Guardia Civil in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with the support of the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard of Madrid, and directed by the Court of Instruction number 1 of Granadilla de Abona, and by the Prosecutor's Office of the Provincial Court of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The proceedings, detainees and effects were delivered to the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 1 of those of Granadilla de Abona, with all 7 of the detainees entering prison in Tenerife.