Spanish authorities have carried out a massive anti-drug operation involving 100 officials and 14 simultaneous raids leading to 17 arrests and the seizure of 135 kilogrammes (297 pounds) of hashish, 3,065 kilogrammes (6,757 pounds) of cutting chemicals and several luxury vehicles.
Spanish National police dismantled the ‘La Rubia de los Ajos’ drug cartel after a successful operation was carried out in the city of Jerez de la Frontera in the southern province of Cadiz in Andalusia, Spain yesterday (24 March).
In a statement obtained by Newsflash Spanish national police claimed that ‘Operacion Caja’ successfully disbanded one of the most powerful cocaine and hashish distribution networks in the south of the country.
In the footage obtained by Newsflash, authorities can be seen raiding the gang’s facilities confiscating 18 kilogrammes (39 pounds) of cocaine and finding EUR 66,134 in cash.
Maria Fernandez, spokesperson for the National Police stated that the operation was a culmination of six months of surveillance.
Authorities report that ‘La Rubia de los Ajos’ had developed an extensive cocaine and hashish network distributing the drugs throughout the province of Cadiz.
‘Operation caja’ involved 14 different raids being carried simultaneously out in various locations across the city of Jerez involving over 100 officials leading to 17 arrested suspects.
The detainees were bought in front of a judge in the city of Jerez de la Frontera where the judge sentenced nine of them who reportedly made up the core of the gang to prison.
Authorities did not disclose the length of the sentences given to the nine suspects nor did they clarify what happened to the remaining eight suspects.