Torrevieja drug bust

The Civil Guard has arrested nine men in Torrevieja in an anti-drug operation in which five “very active” selling points have been dismantled. The detainees have been arrested on charges of allegedly belonging to a criminal organisation, crimes against public health and fraud of electricity.
The investigation began in October 2019, after a complaint by a resident about the inconvenience caused by the constant movement of people, even in the early hours of the morning, which was taking place in nearby house.
The Guardia Civil investigation led officers to believe that it was being used by an alleged criminal organisation led by several brothers. The brothers co-ordinated an team of people who sold drugs throughout the city or acted as suppliers for those sellers who ran out of “substances.”
The sale of drugs was not limited to the house in question, but after a while, the gang took over the Torrevieja promenade, an area with a large influx of tourists and, it focused particularly on the fun fair, where there are high numbers of minors.
To stock up on drugs, one of the leaders travelled almost daily to the outskirts of Murcia, where he acquired small quantities of drugs. This technique was carried out so that the damage would be minimal, in the case of being stopped by the Police.
Following the investigation proceedings and having determined the role of each individual within the organisation, the judicial authority was requested to be able enter five homes: four in Torrevieja and one in San Pedro del Pinatar.
In total, 115 grams of marijuana, 200 grams of cutting substance, a precision scale, three doses of doping substances and the two vehicles used for the trips were seized. Officers also found 11,000 euros in cash, a rather significant amount considering that none of the gang members had known paid work and they were all applying for public aid.
The nine people, aged between 25 and 50 years old and of Moroccan and Algerian nationality, were all arrested for the crimes listed above.
Once brought to justice, provisional release was decreed with charges, pending trial. With this operation, the officers of the Torrevieja Civil Guard Investigation Area have managed to deactivate five drug sales points in the municipality. However, this has only been possible thanks to the collaboration of local residents who alerted the authorities to the possibility of crimes being committed.