The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, in the framework of the services established to prevent and pursue drug trafficking, has developed in Mazarrón the operation ‘SIALGA’, which has resulted in the dismantling of an active point of sale of drugs and the arrest of the two people who ran it, as alleged perpetrators of crime against public health, drug trafficking, and crime relating to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals, for the illegal possession of a score of goldfinches.
Officers from the Benemérita’s Citizen Security Prevention Unit opened the operation last March, when they detected the existence of a building through which, allegedly, drugs were being distributed to the retail trade.
The civil guards initiated a surveillance operation to verify the facts, which allowed them to verify the existence of a notable flow of buyers, accounting for around fifty drug sales per day.
In addition to the illicit activity detected, the investigators found that the exchange of drugs was taking place just a few metres away from minors, as the home under investigation was very close to an educational centre in the municipality, with sales taking place even at school dismissal times, a fact that had generated a certain amount of social alarm.
Once all the necessary evidence had been obtained, the Civil Guards, with prior judicial authorisation, carried out the entry and search of the house, in which they found clear indications that they were dealing with a point of sale, finding different narcotic substances, as well as a large amount of split money and blunt weapons.
In the search, the civil guards found 200 grams of marijuana and several doses of heroin, a crossbow with five arrows, a handmade weapon consisting of an elongated stick ending in a sharp knife, a stick-stocks, more than 2,500 euros in split money from the sale of narcotic substances and several items of stolen clothing.
At the time of entry, the residents woke up and threw the cocaine down the toilet; however, when a drug test was sprayed on the toilet, the result was positive, so it was possible to objectively confirm this fact.
In addition to the drugs, the Civil Guards also found 21 goldfinches inside the house, which were in a large birdcage, as well as smaller cages, which are considered a protected species and are not allowed to be possessed.
The Guardia Civil’s Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) went to the place, seized the birds and transferred them to the Wildlife Recovery Centre “El Valle” in the Region of Murcia.
Finally, the Guardia Civil arrested the two suspects as alleged perpetrators of a crime against public health, drug trafficking, and a crime related to the protection of flora, fauna and domestic animals.
The detainees, the seized drugs, the seized effects and the proceedings have been placed at the disposal of the Court of Instruction of Totana.