2,800 kilos of hashish seized and ten people arrested in France and Spain

The Tax Agency, in collaboration with Eurojust, Europol and France, dismantles a drug-trafficking organisation

  • The organisation transported the hashish from the Andalusian coast to France in vehicles with false bottoms made in Girona, and were escorted by launches acting as surveillance
  • Ten people arrested, including the head of the organisation, and eleven vehicles and over 26,000 euros in cash seized
  • International operation within the scope of Eurojust with a joint investigation team of the Spanish Customs Agency and the French Gendarmerie and Customs, with the support of Europol

9 October 2017.- The Tax Agency, in collaboration with the French Gendarmerie and with the support of the Perpignan Customs Operations Agency (DOD) and Interpol, has dismantled an organisation operating in France and Spain dedicated to the traffic of hashish. During the operation 2,800 kilos of hashish were seized and ten people were arrested.

On 1 October, in two simultaneous operations in France and Spain, the French Gendarmerie and Tax Agency Customs Control seized 346 kilos of hashish at the French toll gate of Vienne, in a Mercedes Sprinter van carrying the haul in a false bottom and 30.7 kilos of hashish in the town of Sarriá de Ter, Girona, in a storage facility belonging to the organisation. During the raids, three people were arrested in France and three in Spain, including the head of the organisation, a resident of Sarriá de Ter.

The now dismantled criminal cell, based in Girona, transported hashish by road in vans from the south of Spain to Girona. It was stored in a facility in Sarriá de Ter and in a warehouse in Báscara. It was later transported to France, using vehicles with false French registration plates on the way there, which were exchanged for Spanish registration plates on the return journey. The organisation also used lookout cars as surveillance in order to avoid police and customs controls. Once in France, the hashish was distributed to several buyers in the area of Marseille, Paris and Lyon.

Ten people have been arrested, eleven vehicles have been confiscated (one truck, six vans and four cars, one with a false bottom) and 26,520 euros cash that were found vacuum-packed and hidden in one of the vehicles. A total of 2,800 kilos of hashish has been seized in four police interventions in France and Spain.

In February 2017, during a police control, French authorities seized 465 kilos of hashish hidden in an Iveco truck, and in March, a Spanish Scania truck was caught in France carrying 1,276 kilos of hashish.

In June, 659 kilos of hashish were seized in Alicante in a Citroen Jumpy van, and in August, at the Melilla Customs, 24 kilos of hashish were found hidden in the rubber floor mat, in the chassis and in the inside of the fuel tank of a Volkswagen Combi van.

The arrested have been accused of the alleged offence of trafficking and offences against public health, falsification of public documents and belonging to a criminal organisation.

This is the result of a nine-month coordinated and joint investigation involving Spanish and French civil servants.

The operation was coordinated by Eurojust, with a Joint Investigation Team directed from Spain by the Pre-trial Investigation Court no. 3 of Girona.

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