In a joint operation with Customs, the Spanish police dismantled a criminal organization that was planning to import nearly 3,000 kilos of hashish into Girona (Catalonia) using sailboats. Seven suspects have been arrested in the province of Girona.
The investigation began at the end of last year when a criminal group possibly involved in hashish smuggling came into view in the vicinity of Santa Margarida (province of Girona). The initial investigation focused on several suspects of various nationalities who traveled in pleasure boats to the south of Ibiza, where they collected a large amount of hashish which they later unloaded at the jetty of a residence in the city of Girona.
The jetty was located in a residential area with canals, where the houses have their own jetty that is only accessible from the houses. This made it more difficult for the investigative services to track down the members of the organisation. During the investigation it was announced that the organization would go to sea after Easter. For that reason, a device was made in mid-April that could be used to track how the suspects loaded bundles of hashish into a van.
After the bales of hashish were transferred from the boat to the house, they placed the van in front of the door and the loading began. At that time, the Spanish police arrested three suspects. One of them was rescued after jumping into the water to escape the police.
Weed plantations rolled up
Four more suspects were subsequently arrested. 75 bundles of hashish were also seized, totaling 2,854 kilos. A second sailboat that the organization wanted to use for transport has also been seized. During house searches in the province of Gerona, two cannabis plantations were rounded up and 864 cannabis plants were seized. One of the nurseries was located in the house with its own jetty.
A total of seven suspects have been arrested, including two Germans, a Colombian, a Frenchman, two Spaniards and a Romanian. Police say they cannot rule out more arrests.