Spanish National Police have arrested a Turkish citizen in Madrid, who is thought to be one of the largest heroin distributors in Spain. Twelve members of the drug trafficking organisation were also arrested, and more than 25 kilos of heroin seized in total.
The investigation began last year when police detected the existence of an organisation responsible for importing and distributing large quantities of heroin from the Netherlands into Spain, leading to the arrest of two members of the gang. In this first phase of the operation, more than 5 kilograms of heroin were seized, which were hidden inside carton containers.
During a search of the home of the suspected supplier, a man of Turkish origin, police seized cash and several high-end vehicles as well as components used for the manufacturing of drugs.
As the investigation developed, police were able to identify and detain main leader of the organisation, a Turkish man known by the pseudonym “El Capitan”, as well as three other members of the criminal group. Among them was the leader’s lieutenant, who is also an expert in drug concealment, police said in a statement. Subsequently, a fourth person was arrested in possession of a kilo of heroin at Madrid’s Atocha train station.
While carrying out a search of the lieutenant’s residence in the Madrid town of Alcalá de Henares, police seized 19 kilograms of heroin along with 14,000 euros in cash, numerous mobile devices and documentation relevant to the investigation.
Days after these arrests, another member of the organisation, suspected of receiving the heroin and distributing it throughout southern Madrid was arrested.
Finally, a few days ago a large police operation was deployed in the Spanish capital which resulted in the arrest of five other people and the confiscation of a blank gun thought to be used by the gang for the collection of debts.
Originally published on thescandal.net