Eight detained in GNR operation to dismantle drug trafficking network in the Algarve

Investigation lasted 9 months

Eight men suspected of operating a drug trafficking network that operated between Olhão and Vila Real de Santo António were arrested by the GNR this Wednesday, the 20th, in these two cities.

17 doses of hashish, five doses of cocaine, three doses of MDMA and one dose of cannabis were seized from the alleged traffickers, aged between 35 and 3519.

The GNR also seized «20 euros, thirteen cell phones, a laptop, a high-powered vehicle, six bladed weapons, including a bayonet saber, an airsoft gun, a compressed air gun, a scale and a marble base (for preparing doses)”.

The investigation that culminated in this operation, carried out through the Criminal Investigation Unit (NIC) of the Territorial Detachment of Faro, lasted around nine months, during which time the GNR identified «a narcotic product sales network organized into two main cells, one for distribution and the other for supply, so that there is no narcotic product in large quantities during the activity of sales".

«The military collected sufficient evidence that allowed them to execute eight home search warrants, six non-domestic search warrants and three arrest warrants», according to the GNR.

The court orders were carried out by the GNR, in collaboration with the Public Security Police (PSP), in an operation in which 85 GNR soldiers and 27 PSP members participated.

The detainees will be present at the Judicial Court of Faro, tomorrow, March 22nd, for the application of coercive measures.