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The Guardia Civil dismantles a criminal group dedicated to bluefin tuna theft

The Guardia Civil dismantles a criminal group dedicated to bluefin tuna theft
Image of one of the tuna recovered – GUARDIA CIVIL

The Guardia Civil of the Region of Murcia has developed the operation ‘Red Tuna’, an investigation initiated last August to clarify the theft of eight specimens of bluefin tuna from the facilities of a fattening farm located in the Mar Menor that has resulted in the dismantling of a criminal group.

The five members of this group are allegedly responsible for the crimes of theft, receiving, relating to the protection of fauna and against the market and consumers, according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.

The Benemérita, in collaboration with the Local Police of San Javier and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Service of the Region of Murcia, has recovered more than half a tonne of tuna from the total of 1,750 kilos stolen.

The investigation began last August, when a company dedicated to the exploitation of bluefin tuna fattening aquaculture farms, located in the Mar Menor, reported to the Guardia Civil the theft of eight specimens, valued at 80,000 euros.

The local police of San Javier informed the investigators of the interception of a van in which two tuna were being transported without the minimum health measures, and whose driver was unable to prove their legal possession.

The specimens, weighing more than 220 kilos each, were seized and subsequently identified as their own by the complainant company.

Civil guards from SEPRONA, with the support of inspectors from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Service of the Region of Murcia, then focused their investigations on the location of possible points of reception of the stolen tuna, arranging a series of inspections in shops in the sector.

The result was the discovery of 63 kilos of bluefin tuna for sale in a fish shop in the Mar Menor region, which led to the identification of three people allegedly linked to the theft and sale of the product. The person who had sold the product also had a long history of complaints for fishing offences.

So far, Operation ‘Red Tuna’ has resulted in the arrest of two men, and the investigation of three others, alleged members of a criminal organisation which is allegedly responsible for the crimes of theft, receiving, protection of fauna and against the market and consumers.

MODUS OPERANDI
According to the investigation, the criminal group now dismantled divided its criminal activities, which began with the capture of the specimens, their transport in pleasure boats to the coastline, where they were loaded into vans and, finally, placed on the market.

The pieces were eviscerated on the boat itself, which was not equipped with refrigeration systems, causing the meat to be highly exposed to the creation of histamine, with the consequent risk to public health.

After being cut up and without proper sanitary control, they were sold at below market price to third parties who allegedly knew of their illegal origin.

The investigation, carried out by SEPRONA of the Guardia Civil in collaboration with the Local Police of San Javier and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Service of the Region of Murcia, has led to the recovery of more than half a tonne of tuna, of the total of 1,750 kilos stolen.

The detainees, the persons under investigation, the recovered products and the proceedings have been handed over to the Court of Instruction in San Javier (Murcia).

SEPRONA of the Guardia Civil is keeping the investigation open.

 

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