SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Aug 8 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Agents of the National Police, in a joint operation with the Civil Guard, have dismantled a criminal organization based in the Canary Islands and have arrested four members of the Skaljari Clan, a dangerous drug trafficking mafia originally from Montenegro and known for its violence.
The criminal network had established a channel for the introduction of cocaine into the Islands and its members – who went completely unnoticed – rented homes in luxury residential areas from which they distributed narcotic substances to local organizations.
Last November, the researchers observed how the members of the organization gave, on different days, 250,000 and 155,000 euros in cash to third parties with the purpose of removing said money from the Archipelago to introduce it into the legal market.
After an arduous investigation, the agents detected an alleged transport of narcotic substances that was leaving from the south of Tenerife. Once the two vehicles that participated in it had been identified, they verified that 70 kilograms of cocaine were being transported, for which their two drivers were arrested.
The police investigations led the agents to a building located in Costa Adeje, where a third member of the organization was arrested, who was currently guarding the rest of the drug.
Finally, the agents carried out the exploitation of the operation. They carried out various searches in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, where they found another 338 kilograms of cocaine and 413,000 euros. After the arrests and house searches, the final result was the apprehension of 408 kilograms of cocaine and almost half a million euros in cash.
In addition, the agents also intervened a vehicle, a yacht-type boat, 12 encrypted telephones, numerous electronic security devices, banknote counting machines and vacuum packaging machines, as well as various tools and documentation related to criminal activities.
On the other hand, the investigation has had the collaboration of EUROPOL, the Interior Attaché of the Spanish Embassy in Belgrade (Serbia), and the police authorities of Albania and Montenegro.