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Spain news | Coke ring dismantled

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Officers from the Guardia Civil have arrested 33 people belonging to an organization dedicated to the distribution of cocaine in an operation known as “Verco”.

Spain news - Coke ring dismantled

During the operation the officers dismantled two laboratories and raided 10 properties used for the production and cutting of cocaine and seized more than 2 kilograms of cocaine, 11.6 kilos of hashish, 7.5 kilos of substances used for drugs, five vehicles, €38,739 in cash, a gun, two air rifles, mobile phones, tools for cutting and packaging the drugs, and computer equipment.

33 people were arrested in all. and charged with crimes against public health for trafficking. The gang had even used a woman posing as an expectant mother to move the illegal substances. The arrests were made in Toledo and Madrid.

The operation began in September 2014 when the Civil Guard became aware of the existence of a possible point of sale of drugs on a home in the town of Villanueva de Alcardete (Toledo).

As a result of this information, officers located a group of people in different localities of the province of Toledo that were potentially dedicated to the marketing and distribution of adulterated cocaine so monitoring and control were put in place.

Once the members of the network, as well as the delivery point for cocaine, were identified, the agents carried out the first operational phase of the operation, with the arrest of 12 people and search of nine homes in the towns Madrid, Aranjuez, Seseña, Villanueva de Alcardete, Puebla de Almoradiel and Villacañas.

The second phase of the operation took place during July, in the provinces of Toledo and Madrid, where 21 people were arrested and a property in Villacañas was searched.

The person responsible for the supply of cocaine to the group, in collaboration with a partner, was a male resident of La Puebla de Almoradiel (Toledo) who also had a lab in the attic of his home in the neighborhood of Vallecas (Madrid).

The couple ran a booth in the town of Madrid, through which the economic benefits of the drug distribution was laundered.

The operation was conducted by agents of the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Guardia Civil de Toledo.

Detainees and seized property have been brought before the Court of Instruction No. 1 of the Quintanar de la Orden (Toledo), who ordered the immediate imprisonment of 10 of these people, while the rest were released with charges.

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