The Spanish Guardia Civil has led an operation against drug trafficking and the illicit movement of money in southern Spain
Coinciding with the special Strait of Gibraltar crossing operation, the port of Algeciras has hosted a police operation led by the Spanish Civil Guard in which different foreign police have participated.
The operation has been carried out coinciding with the days of greatest transit in the port of Algeciras. In this police action, 18 foreign agents belonging to the Portuguese Judicial Police, French Customs, German Police and Customs, Belgian Federal Police, State Agency for Investigation and Protection of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Swedish Customs, plus a member of Europol, as well as agents of the Guardia Civil and the Intelligence Centre against Terrorism and Organised Crime (CITCO) have participated.
This operation has made it possible to reinforce inspections on exit and entry into Spain with the aim of preventing serious forms of criminality and transnational crime such as drug trafficking and, consequently, the illicit movement of money.
In addition, during the operation, an intelligence centre was set up in the port of Algeciras, where the participating agents were able to compare information with the databases of their respective countries, which allowed them to contribute their knowledge in this area. Thanks to this exchange of experiences, 161 vehicles and their occupants have been identified and the operation has resulted in the arrest of 5 people for illegal vehicle trafficking and illegal possession of weapons.
The operation is part of the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (EMPACT), which promotes European cooperation to tackle the most serious international organised crime threats. It has been coordinated by CITCO and led by the Guardia Civil, with the collaboration of FIIAPP for logistical functions.