Newsbrief: Gang of eleven caught distributing hashish throughout Canaries

Policia Nacional this month dismantled an organisation of drug traffickers who were discovered to be distributing narcotics between Gran Canaria and Tenerife, camouflaged among legal merchandise that they sent using courier companies, in an operation which saw 250 kilos of hashish confiscated and eleven people detained.

The investigations began at the end of 2016, when the shipment of 250 kilos of hashish was detected by customs agents in the capital of Tenerife, which led to the arrest of six people.

Later investigations confirmed that these detainees were part of a larger criminal network that distributed significant quantities of hashish throughout the archipelago, after smuggling the controlled recreational substance via private boats they then moved packages between islands using parcel companies, camouflaging them among other legal merchandise.

The information obtained during the investigation led to five home searches, and the confiscation of €185,000 in cash that was being transported between Tenerife and Gran Canaria inside messenger boxes; and ultimately the arrest of five more alleged members of the group.

A total of ten men and one woman, all aged 23-44, were commanded by a leader known by the nickname “El Principe” (“the prince”). Nine of those detained had previous history with the police.