Monday 28th June 2021 – VICENTE BOLUFER with Mike Smith
On June 11th, the Guardia Civil’s Operation Kintano detained two people in Xàbia for drug trafficking in the town, one of the them with an international imprisonment order.
On March 13th, the Guardia Civil in Alicante became aware of the existence of an important focus of drug sales, specifically cocaine, in Xàbia. Investigations were begun – Operation Kintano – and a 67-year-old man of Italian nationality and a resident in Xàbia was found to have had a wide client network in certain hospitality venues to sell the drug. In order to evade police, he took numerous security measures when he was making a delivery, including trying to avoid moving through places where police controls were likely, or carrying out continuous counter-actions designed to mislead people and potential investigations.
Once he was positively identified, investigators learnt that he had a history of drug dealing in Spain and that he was under an international police order issued by Italy. They also found that a 56-year-old Polish woman, who worked on a stall in several markets located in the Marina Alta region, was aware of the illicit activity carried out by her partner. As a result of his activities, he owned a total of seven vehicles in his name.
Thus, on June 11th, the investigation unit in Xàbia, supported by the Alicante Command Security Unit (USECIC) and the drug detection dog unit in Alicante, gained entry to and searched the couple’s home and they were arrested and investigated for a crime against public health (drug trafficking) whilst the following effects were seized: 12,270 euros in cash in various denominations, 3,878 euros in cryptocurrencies from a digital wallet, around 500 grams of cutting substance (glucose), seven high-end watches and 74 packets of cocaine of approximately 1 gram each.
On June 14th, the detainees appeared at Court No.2 in Dénia. The woman was freed on bail whilst the man was remanded in custody.