A criminal organisation dedicated to drug trafficking in Los Alcázares (Murcia) is dismantled.

Material seized as part of operation ‘Olimpoz’, carried out in Los Alcázares (Murcia)
– CIVIL GUARD

The Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal group in Los Alcázares (Murcia) and has arrested 19 of its alleged leaders – six men, one of them a minor, and a woman – who, under the main criminal activity of drug trafficking, allegedly developed other violent activities through intimidation with bladed weapons and firearms.

Those arrested in the framework of the operation, called ‘Olimpoz’ and initiated in December 2022, are allegedly responsible for the crimes of drug trafficking, robbery with violence and intimidation, injuries, threats with firearms and bladed weapons, robbery with force and membership of a criminal organisation, according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.

The search of three properties in Los Alcázares has resulted in the seizure of nearly 1,000 doses of hashish, cocaine base and cocaine, 11,000 euros, two shotguns, two simulated handguns and a modified weapon, as well as mobile phones and tools for the sale of drugs.

The investigation began thanks to citizen collaboration, when residents of a neighbourhood in the municipality informed the Local Police of a series of altercations and disputes, allegedly related to the sale of drugs around a building in the area, which were happening continuously.

From that moment on, the Guardia Civil and the Local Police set up a series of surveillance operations that allowed them to determine the sale of drugs in a house, as they noted the continuous movement of people. Around 30 people were identified and reported in the surrounding area for possession of narcotic substances.

While this investigation was in progress, the Armed Forces learned of a robbery with violence and intimidation that took place at the end of December 2022 in a home, to which several individuals armed with a kitchen knife gained access with the intention of collecting an alleged debt, assaulting the inhabitant.

From February to May, other violent incidents were recorded, several of which consisted of threats with firearms in the street, fights and the burning of a house, which was the result of an argument also related to drug trafficking.

STRUCTURED CRIMINAL ORGANISATION
The investigative work made it possible to determine that behind all these crimes was a structured criminal organisation, of a violent nature, dedicated to the distribution of narcotic substances. The role of each member of the criminal network was clearly established, in such a way that, while the most violent ones were in charge of intimidating those who had outstanding debts, others carried out lighter tasks of surveillance of the points of sale.

In order to carry out their criminal activity, they were constantly changing cars, renting several cars in less than a month, in such a way as to make it difficult to follow and police surveillance. In addition, strategically selected, they had distributed the ‘nurseries’ – properties where they stored the drugs – and the retail outlets themselves, far from the former.

Most of the houses were located in areas that were difficult to access for road traffic, and could only be reached on foot, thus avoiding the possible passage of police vehicles.

SIMULTANEOUS SEARCHES IN FOUR HOUSES
At the end of May, once the necessary evidence had been obtained, the Guardia Civil began the first phase of the investigation, with an extensive police operation to carry out the simultaneous entry and search of four homes.

In this operation, the Benemérita arrested 12 people, three of them women, as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of drug trafficking, robbery with violence, threats with a firearm and a knife, illegal possession of firearms and belonging to an organisation.

The searches resulted in the seizure of nearly 1,000 doses of hashish, cocaine base and cocaine, 11,000 euros, two shotguns, two simulated handguns and a modified weapon, as well as mobile phones and the tools needed to sell the drugs.

In one of the properties, the agents also found a 70 square metre room where the necessary elements had been installed to carry out the interior cultivation of marijuana plants and thus have the cannabis to supply their retail outlets.

Recently, the Guardia Civil completed the investigation with the arrest of another seven people, all of them related to the alleged criminal organisation.

With this, the Benemérita concludes operation ‘Olimpoz’, which has led to the dismantling of an important and violent criminal organisation, based in the municipality of Los Alcázares, whose 19 members have been arrested as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of drug trafficking, robbery with violence, threats with firearms and knives, illegal possession of firearms and belonging to an organisation.

The detainees, the products, the weapons and the money seized, as well as the proceedings have been handed over to the San Javier Magistrate’s Court.

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