On 13 -14 July 2016, 7 criminals from an organised crime network involved in large-scale drug trafficking from Spain to the United Kingdom were arrested by the Spanish National Police. These arrests are the result of the sixth phase of Operation Galaxy which was supported by the Spanish Guardia Civil and Europol.
The suspects were based in Spain (Alicante, Barcelona and Málaga) and the United Kingdom. The criminal network was planning the importation of a big cocaine shipment, which was going to be funded by the delivery of large amounts of marihuana from Spain to the United Kingdom. Vehicles were stolen in the United Kingdom and sent to Spain for their alteration. Later, they were used to transport drugs between both countries.
On the action day, a wide police operation was carried out in Spain. A total of 11 house searches were carried out, resulting in the seizure of over 100 kilos of pollen of hashish , 48 kilos of marihuana, 3 096 plants of marihuana, EUR 48 000 in cash and 30 vehicles (of which 20 were stolen). 7 targets were subsequently arrested in Barcelona and Málaga.
The investigation is still on-going and future arrests could be conducted in the near future.
Europol supported this investigation by facilitating criminal intelligence analysis and providing operational support. Focal Point Cola is Europol’s team of specialists and analysts dedicated to tackling cocaine trafficking. Since 2001, FP Cola has been combating the activities of suspected criminal organisations and networks involved in producing, processing and trafficking cocaine, as well as pre-cursor chemicals and cutting agents.