Guardia Civil dismantles a criminal organisation trafficking pink cocaine

by Lorraine Williamson
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MADRID – As part of Operation Cupid, the Guardia Civil Guard has dismantled a criminal organisation that trafficked pink cocaine hidden in 3D impressions.

The operation began in February, when the police detected parcel shipments from Madrid destined for Colombia and Australia which were declared as gifts.

These shipments were hiding drugs such as MDMA and TUSI, a narcotic substance known as pink cocaine. The police managed to seize 4,300 grams of MDMA, as well as more than 400 grams of various narcotics, including cocaine, TUSI and ecstasy. Nine people have been arrested in the operation, including “the magician”. This is the person in charge of synthesising the narcotic substances and those in charge of making the ornamental figures to hide the drug.

Operation Cupid

Following an exhaustive study of all existing shipments, police managed to intercept five shipments carrying gift items related to Valentine’s Day. However, inside these items, ecstasy and cocaine were found. Each shipment contained approximately 800 grams of the aforementioned substances.

These findings led the agents to focus all their efforts on identifying the senders, which involved laborious work by using documents taken from third parties who were not linked to the criminal organisation.

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Finally, the Guardia Civil identified several women who oversaw sending the parcels. All of them were young Colombian nationals, who used public transport to get around.

Next, and after an analysis of all the movements of these women and their environment, it was possible to determine a common link to all of them. Specifically, this included some offices located in the heart of Madrid, where the gift figures were manufactured. There the TUSI was made by mixing ketamine and MDMA together with pink dye. The leaders of the group who controlled the rest of those involved operated from this place.

Arrests

After identifying the members of the plot, nine people were arrested, five women and four men, including the leaders of the organisation. In addition, seven people are being investigated for their relationship with the plot, for having been linked to the drug laboratory through their rent and receipt of payments.

The detainees are accused of crimes against public health (drug trafficking) and belonging to a criminal organisation. Two searches have been made, one in the office located in Madrid from which they operated and in a storage room in the town of Torrejón de Ardoz.

Also read: Large batch of pink cocaine discovered in Marbella

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