The Civil Guard and the Tax Agency, within the framework of the Kazuya operation, have arrested ten people who are members of a criminal organization that introduced, through double funds in recreational boats, large amounts of hashish.
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In total, more than 4,600 kilograms of hashish have been seized, eleven boats and ten vehicles have been seized.
The operation began last June when learning of a recreational boat that could be used to smuggle hashish from the coast of Morocco.
From that moment on, the vessel was monitored, which after entering the sea, returned to the coast towards Isla Cristina (Huelva). The operatives observed how the organization took the boat out of the Isla Cristina Marina and put it on a trailer for road transport.
The agents at that time intercepted the vehicle and carried out an inspection, in which they found, under cover, a double bottom with 720 kilos of hashish. The action ended with the arrest of the driver, the seizure of the drug and the intervention of both the boat and the vehicle.
The investigators continued with the operation due to the possibility that the organization was using more recreational boats to take advantage of the summer season and go unnoticed for its illegal activities.
The Civil Guard and the Tax Agency deployed a joint device, by land and sea, which allowed the intervention of two boats on the Carreras River and another 1,959 kilos of hashish hidden in sophisticated double bottoms.
As a result of the last arrest, the criminal group moved to the Piedras River, between the Huelva towns of Cartaya and Lepe. In this case, the operatives intervened three boats, 1,980 kilos of hashish and arrested two of the crew members.
The investigators identified all the members of the organization and carried out several searches, in the towns of Ayamonte, Isla Cristina, Lepe and Villablanca, authorized by the Court of 1st Instance and Instruction No. 4 of Ayamonte (Huelva).
The records ended with the arrest of seven more people for the alleged crimes of money laundering, belonging to a criminal organization and against health. Nine high-end vehicles, two large-capacity vans, six cross motorcycles, a buggy, five boats, a jet ski, more than 6,000 euros in cash, a drone, three electric bicycles and various computer equipment were also seized.
The Kazuya operation has been carried out by members of Ocon-Sur and by the Anti-Drug Organized Crime Team (EDOA), belonging to the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard of the Huelva Command, together with Customs Surveillance officials of the Tax Agency. ■