GNR drug bust

Ten arrested in latest Algarve drug bust

Drug bust also led to the confiscation of large amounts of drugs

GNR police arrested 10 people during a drug bust operation in the Algarve on Monday.

The drug trafficking investigation lasted around 10 months and took place across the Algarve region, the police force announced.

The investigation concluded that the 10 people arrested – seven men and three women aged between 23 and 50 – were part of a “drug trafficking network which sold drugs to consumers in the Algarve.”

A whopping 34 search warrants were issued for the boroughs of Albufeira, Loulé, Faro, Olhão and Portimão, including 15 house searches and 14 vehicle searches. Police also investigated one boat, a commercial establishment, two warehouses and a garage.

The operation led to the confiscation of 500 doses of hashish, 334 doses of cocaine, four doses of marijuana, 3.23 grams of MDMA, 1.1 grams of hashish, four ‘magic’ mushrooms, as well as several weapons and €15,385 in cash, three scales, 17 mobile phones and seven vehicles.

It was carried out by GNR’s Territorial Command of Faro, through the Criminal Investigation Unit of Loulé (NIC), which had the support of military personnel from the Coastal Control Unit, Territorial Detachments of Faro and Loulé, Faro Intervention Detachment, Public Order and Intervention Group, and as well as PSP police, totalling 147 operatives.

By Michael Bruxo

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