Internal Affairs detains the entire group of narcotics from the Police in Mérida in an anti-drug operation

Updated Wednesday, September 15, 2021 –

In an action coordinated with the UCO, two civil guards have also been arrested.

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The Police and the Civil Guard have carried out an important operation against drug trafficking in which agents of both bodies linked to the fight against organized crime have been arrested. According to police sources, the detainees could be linked to smuggling and drug trafficking schemes.

The operation, which is still open, has already added a score of arrests. According to these sources, investigators have stopped the entire group of narcotics from Mrida (Badajoz)including the inspector who is in charge of the troops. But also, in addition to these five policemen, two Civil Guards have been arrested for their alleged involvement with the plot.

The actions have been carried out by the Internal Affairs Unit of the Police and the Central Operative Unit of the Civil Guard. The heads of these units traveled to Mrida to follow all the actions at street level. “The operation was very delicate due to the alleged involvement of specialists in the fight against organized crime. They know the methods of investigation. They know how to detect follow-ups. They know how the State Security Forces work and investigate. Investigations on investigators are the most complicated “, point out sources close to the performance.

For two months, members of the Internal Affairs unit have been on the ground, with a base of operations far from Mrida to avoid detection. “It was not easy. The monitoring and control areas were small and with little public. Technology has been essential to carry out the actions.”

To launch the operation, the Police have resorted to intervention units due to the large number of arrests that had to be made.

The detainees have been transferred to Almendralejo to avoid having their own companions of Mrida guarding them. “In this way we avoid situations of contamination and risk of data leaks”, point out these sources.

The operation is still open, “although the fundamental thing has already been done,” these sources point out. During the performance, both the Police and the Civil Guard have carried out numerous searches in neighborhoods of the capital of Extremadura. The proceedings are under summary secrecy.

According to the Police, the detainees were part of a complex criminal network settled in the province of Badajoz made up of several organizations that interacted with each other and allegedly dedicated to the cultivation, processing, manipulation and subsequent distribution of marijuana in the province of Badajoz.

After a long and complex investigation, 22 people have been detained in a coordinated manner by the acting units. More than 20 entries and searches have been made at homes. The researchers have located and dismantled four “indoor” marijuana plantations with a total of more than 3,000 plants, and a large number of tools have been intervened for their installation – lamps, aljenos, air conditioning consoles, etc.-, as well as various vehicles.

In the records, the agents have seized drugs and money. The investigation, which has been declared secret, has not yet been concluded, so the involvement of more people has not been ruled out.

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