Galicia once again becomes the gateway for cocaine, according to the latest report from the Intelligence Center against Terrorism and Organized Crime
The analysis of the data from the Annual Balance of Drug Trafficking of the Intelligence Center against Terrorism and Organized Crime ( CITCO ) yields some conclusions about how drug trafficking is evolving in Spain, one of the most lucrative illicit businesses worldwide and that serves as funding for many of the large criminal organizations.
The “business” seems to have moved towards drugs that are easier to produce locally and distribute, such as marijuana. Spain breaks a historical record and far exceeds one million cannabis plants seized: 1,320,310 , 65.12% more than in 2018, when this rapid trend was already in sight with 799,616 plants seized, by members of the different forces and State security forces.
The second striking conclusion, in light of the data, and which corroborates recent events, is that Galicia has once again become the main gateway for cocaine into Spain. Of the 37,768 kilos seized in 2019 (almost 20% of the total seized in 2018), more than 7,500 were apprehended in Galicia.
Thus, while the seizures of this drug in Andalusia fall substantially (66.86% less), the Galician coast is once again one of the hottest spots in cocaine trafficking, the drug that nevertheless implies more risks and investments for the criminal organizations but also the one that reports higher profit margins.
In 2019, only in Galicia, 7,642 kilos were seized, a quantity nine times higher than the 824 kilos of the previous year.a narco-submarine, with 3,000 kilos of white powder on board .
In a more generic way, the data insist that the drug that is most trafficked in Spain is hashish.
In 2019, almost 350 tons (349,147 kilos) were seized, almost 20% (19.52%) less than in 2018. It is followed by cocaine with 37 tons seized (37,767 kilos), which is 19.86% less than in 2018.
And the third place in the classification is occupied by marijuana, with 32,566 kilos intervened (10.15% more than in 2018). But what breaks all forecasts, as indicated at the beginning, are the plantations, with more than 1.3 million plants seized, 65.12% more than the previous year.
The study also once again indicates Catalonia, Madrid, Valencia and Andalusia as the main drug trafficking points, where in any case the pressure of the Special Plan for the Campo de Gibraltar launched by the Ministry of the Interior in July of 2018.
In the latter region, the apprehensions of cocaine (66.83%) and hashish (19.60% less) decrease, although it does not resist the general trend of the boom in marijuana and cannabis plantations , whose seizures rose almost 18.50% and 73.64% respectively.
In total 20,437 people (12% more than in 2018) were arrested for drug trafficking and 363,483 complaints were filed (5% more than the previous year).
Most of the arrests were carried out in Andalusia, which accounts for more than 32% of those arrested for drug trafficking in all of Spain and more than 91,400 complaints.