The Guardia Civil has broken up a heroin smuggling ring based in the Canaries, the Netherlands and Conakry-Guinea. Arrests have been made of 29 individuals for organized crime activities. The arrested come from Spain (11), Guinea (16), and one each from Cameroon and Sierra Leona. Distribution networks have been uncovered in both Tenerife and La Palma.
The police operation, named “Caballo Negro’ (Black Horse) and run in collaboration with Belgian police, started in October 2012 when La Palma Guardia Civil detected a notable increase in illegal heroin traffic to the island. Now, the smugglers are under arrest, the networks broken up, and police have seized some 1,610 grams of heroin, 1,800 of hash, informatic and communication material, more than €1.5m in cash, and financial products and property. The whole operation has been organized by the European Police Cooperation Office, EUROPOL.