“Legions of young people” work for drug traffickers in Spain, denounces a police union
Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido gives a press conference on the seizure of a cache of 8.7 tons of drugs on April 25 in Algeciras, southern Spain, in an image released by the Ministry of the Interior
A union of the Civil Guard warned on Monday that “legions of young people” are working for drug trafficking mafias in disadvantaged areas of southern Spain, where the agents are reluctant to be assigned.
This warning from the Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC) comes after some forty people, some of them linked to traffickers, attacked nine body agents in Algeciras, province of Cádiz, hot spot of drug entry on Saturday. .
“Before, the mafias avoided us, now this new generation of drug traffickers are directly confronting the forces and security forces of the State, they use firearms, and there are also professionals (…), that is, we are seeing the presence of hit men, “said Alberto Moya, secretary general of AUGC, to radio COPE.
“These people have legions of salaried youth,” he said, citing as one reason the high unemployment rate in the region. “These people can pay salaries that even a multinational could not pay its executives,” he said.
Many agents refuse to be assigned to these areas “because their work is complicated (…), because they can be recognized, because they fear for their family,” he added.
Cádiz has been the scene of an increasingly open performance of the drug trafficking mafias, with the unloading of caches in broad daylight, clashes with the forces of order or a recent assault on a hospital to rescue a presumed trafficker wounded.
Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido released the incident in Algeciras from the drug trade on Monday, where one of the nine Civil Guard agents attacked fired three times in the air to disperse the aggressors.
It was “an act of vandalism, street violence and tumultuaria that has nothing to do with other issues,” he told reporters.
Of the ten attackers identified, only two have a criminal record for drug trafficking, said Zoido, who reported a detainee.
Zoido confirmed that police reinforcements have been sent to the area, claimed by the unions, but warned that other social measures are needed to mitigate youth unemployment.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, 40% of the drug enters Spain, a country near North Africa, a cannabis-producing region, and a close relationship with South America, where cocaine comes from.
In Algeciras, the largest port in Spain, 8.7 tons of cocaine were seized in a ship loaded in Colombia in April, the largest catch so far in the country, according to the authorities.