Keep­ing it in the fam­ily

Grand­mother ac­cused of run­ning drug deal­ing op­er­a­tion from tapas bar

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By Dave Jones GUARDIA Civil have busted a ‘fam­ily’ drug deal­ing gang based in Tor­re­vieja, ar­rest­ing 11 sus­pects.

A force spokesman said the ar­rests came after of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered that a tapas bar in the town was the cen­tre for a deal­ing op­er­a­tion.

“A 60-year-old woman of in­no­cent ap­pear­ance would open her bar at 07.00 each morn­ing to serve up some­thing more than just food,” noted the spokesman.

“As the day pro­gressed, her daugh­ter, son-in-law and 16-year-old grand­son would join her to of­fer clients the drugs that they wanted.”

Out­side of the bar ‘the fam­ily clan’ was rep­re­sented by a ‘brother and a friend’ who dealt drugs in other ar­eas of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

When of­fi­cers had gath­ered suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence, they moved to ar­rest the sus­pects.

Ac­cord­ing to the spokesman, they de­tained the grand­mother as she went to open the bar ‘with a num­ber of pieces of hashish in her bag’.

The five other sus­pects were ar­rested as they car­ried out raids on an­other two prop­er­ties.

Of­fi­cers seized 300 grams of hashish, three grams of co­caine, 10 grams of a sub­stance used to cut drugs, €2,471 in cash and a ve­hi­cle.

The spokesman ex­plained that the raids al­lowed them to es­tab­lish the where­abouts of the man who sup­plied them with co­caine and hashish – a 41-year-old Al­ge­rian who lived in Los Al­cázares.

He ex­plained that this sus­pect ran an­other bar and a tele­phone ex­change in Tor­re­vieja and stored the drugs at an apart­ment in the town.

The Al­ge­rian man was ar­rested along with four other sus­pects – three from Al­ge­ria and a Bul­gar­ian – who al­legedly sold the drugs to the fam­ily clan.

In this phase of the op­er­a­tion of­fi­cers raided two busi­nesses and four homes, seiz­ing 700 grams of hashish, 180 grams of co­caine, 290 grams of a sub­stance for cut­ting the drugs, €3,705 in cash, an air ri­fle and two ve­hi­cles.

The sus­pects have been ac­cused of drug deal­ing and be­long­ing to a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

They have all been sent to prison on re­mand, apart from the youth who has been bound over to fam­ily mem­bers. The Se­gura river and wa­ter au­thor­ity (CHS) has re­leased a video of an ot­ter swim­ming in the river near Bene­júzar in the Vega Baja. A CHS spokesman re­minded that ot­ters had dis­ap­peared from the river in the 1990s. How­ever, they have made a come­back due the im­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tion of the wa­ter­way. “Ot­ters are a good indi­ca­tor of the health of rivers be­cause they are preda­tors and need a lot of food,” he ex­plained. The spokesman noted that ot­ters had first re­turned to the Se­gura to the west of Mur­cia city at the be­gin­ning of this decade and have slowly been spread­ing to­wards the mouth at Guardamar del Se­gura. An ot­ter was spot­ted near Ori­huela two years ago but this is the first recorded sight­ing in the sec­tion which is down­river of the city.

Playa de los Lo­cos in Tor­re­vieja

Drugs, cash and other items seized from the sus­pects

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