“Large-scale” drug trafficking ring dismantled in Algarve

“Large-scale” drug trafficking ring dismantled in Algarve

Seven people arrested and 15,000 doses of drugs seized

A GNR police investigation has led to the dismantlement of a “large-scale” drug trafficking ring whose base of operations was a house in Quarteira (Loulé).

Seven people – six men, including one Brit, and one woman – have been arrested and around 15,000 doses of drugs seized, mostly hashish (9,659) and cocaine (6,115).

Police also confiscated firearms, knives, munitions, around €40,000 in cash and five high-powered vehicles.

The group – which had clients in the Alentejo and Algarve – started being investigated around eight months ago.

Speaking to Correio da Manhã tabloid, Loulé GNR lieutenant Diogo Silvestre said the drug ring had an “above average organisation level” and that those in charge had “distinct tasks”.

The suspects are due to appear before a judge at Faro’s criminal court this Thursday.

By Michael Bruxo
michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com