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Major Drug Distribution Networks Dismantled in Spain

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In a significant crackdown, the Guardia Civil has successfully dismantled two major drug distribution networks orchestrating their operations across the Alicante, Murcia, and Valencia provinces. The operation, named ‘Primoto’, kicked off at the end of 2022 following observations of a retail drug sale on the streets of Torrevieja. This surveillance unveiled a complex network engaged in the sale of various drugs, employing homes, public roads, and even the ‘telecoca’ methodology to facilitate their transactions.
Properties in key locations including Torrevieja, Bigastro, Callosa de Segura, Orihuela, San Miguel de Salinas, and Beniel were subjected to raids, leading to the arrest of 35 individuals implicated in the sprawling illicit activities. The operation revealed that the network resorted to modern marketing strategies to boost sales, leveraging instant messaging groups or channels and deploying ‘Happy Hour’ incentives offering drugs at discounted rates or providing extra doses on bulk purchases. Assuring availability around the clock, the operation was meticulously organized to evade law enforcement, regularly changing addresses every quarter.
The operational leader, living lavishly in an urbanisation in Moncada, Valencia, was particularly notable for his brazen display of wealth, owning a luxury vehicle valued at approximately 250,000 euros. This takedown is a vital step in addressing the persistent drug issues plaguing regions like Torrevieja, previously spotlighted by the United Nations for its problematic drugs situation.

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