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The drug was camouflaged between a shipment of legal merchandise and came from Guayaquil, in Ecuador.
The State Security Forces and Bodies are looking for members of a gang of drug traffickers dedicated to the introduction of cocaine through the Port of Valencia . Researchers suspect that it is a network from the countries of Eastern Europe that has been operating for some time in Valencia and is characterized by being extremely careful when making shipments of narcotic drug . In fact, only they have been able to intervene a stash of 110 kilos of cocaine that was seized a year ago thanks to security protocols followed in the customs area, as has been told Levante-EMV upcoming research sources.
The police operation, which is still open, began at the end of 2018, when agents from the Civil Guard and Customs Service assigned to the Port of Valencia proceeded to randomly open several containers. This way of proceeding is habitual in the enclosures with great traffic of merchandise, as is the Port of Valencia, with the objective, precisely, of trying to detect possible shipments of prohibited substances or products.
In one of the containers that Customs agents and the Armed Institute opened at the end of October 2018 at the Noatum terminal of the Valencian port area, they found a significant amount of narcotic substance that was immediately apprehended and handed over to the court of guard. The drug was camouflaged among a cargo of totally legal merchandise to try to mislead the State Security Forces and Bodies and avoid possible suspicion because the container came from one of the so-called ‘hot zones’ of drug trafficking : South American countries from the that usually do important shipments of narcotic drugs.
In this case, the system used by drug traffickers was the so-called ‘lost hook’. It is a method that consists of camouflaging large quantities of drugs among the legal merchandise of a lawful shipment so as not to raise suspicions among the agents in charge of fighting drug trafficking. Once in the chosen destination, one of the members of the band ‘rescues’ the stash inside the merchandise container and, without major risk, can already proceed to its distribution.
In this case, the container where the 110 kilos of cocaine were found arrived in Valencia aboard the Liverpool Express ship from the port of Guayaquil, in Ecuador. Given that the latter port area is considered a ‘hot zone’ of drug trafficking, Customs and Civil Guard agents decided to proceed with the opening of several of the containers that the ship was carrying when they arrived on land. In one of them they found, camouflaged among the merchandise, numerous packages of approximately one kilo of cocaine each: in total, 110 kilograms of cocaine were seized.
Although an investigation was immediately opened to try to find those responsible for the stash , the investigations did not work and could only reveal that it could be a band of drug traffickers from Eastern European countries and settled in Spain for quite some time weather. The network would be characterized by the extreme care that it puts in its drug shipments and, in fact, the agents even consider the possibility that the organization, once the drug was confiscated in the Port of Valencia , has chosen another port area to introduce the drug in Spain and away from them the possible suspicions.