Agents of the National Police and officials of the Customs Surveillance Service of the Tax Agency, in a joint operation with the Argentine Authorities (PFA), have developed an investigation against a criminal organization based in Argentina and Europe dedicated to maritime drug trafficking through of container ships.
The operation has culminated in the interception of a container in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in which 165 kilos of cocaine were found, and with the arrest in Argentina of eight members of this organization and the intervention of 323,000 dollars.
The investigation began when the agents became aware of the existence of an organization with these characteristics. As a result of the investigation, it was possible to determine the modus operandi used by the organization to transport drugs from Argentina to Europe, contaminating through rip off or blind hook containers on board ships dedicated to the transport of merchandise to extract it once said ships touched European ports.
The main objective of the organization was, through its branches in Europe, and specifically in Spain, to remove that narcotic substance when the ship had arrived at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Continuing with the investigations carried out by the police forces involved, it was possible to identify the container in which the organization had introduced the narcotic substance.
The organization introduced the substance in the port of Zárate (Argentina), taking advantage of the connections that this organized group had in it; In this way, the introduced drug headed for Spain.
Once the container ship reached the shores of the Archipelago, at dawn on April 18, the agents established a surveillance device for both the ship and the container that was in its hold.
During this period the agents did not observe any suspicious movement of the container or any person who was preparing to extract the narcotic substance. Likewise, it was verified that the seals of the container had not been violated on board the ship. Taking this circumstance into account, the agents proceeded to open the container, finding five blue bags inside, with 150 packets of cocaine, with a total approximate weight of 165 kilograms.
Arrests in Argentina
Once the discovery of the drug was confirmed, the Argentine authorities proceeded to the arrest of the eight members of the organization, related to the introduction of the narcotic drug in the container in Argentina, as well as to the searches of the houses of those arrested, where they found $323,000.
The blind hook is a technique that consists of introducing the narcotic drug into a container of legal or empty merchandise in order to subsequently extract the narcotic drug at the port of destination.