A small boat with 6 illegal immigrants and 300kg of hashish arrived on La Graciosa during the morning of the 29th of December. A local on the island reported the presence of the small boat at Playa de Las Conchas to the Guardia Civil. The local police from Teguise were the first to arrive at the scene and found the abandoned boat along with 300kg of hashish, which was partially buried in the sand. The police later found 6 North African immigrants near Montaña Bermeja (La Graciosa), and the Guardia Civil took them to Arrecife where they were transferred into the custody of the Policia Nacional and charged with illegal entry into Spain.
Another Patera arrived at Famara just days before on the 25th, with at least 2 North African immigrants aboard.
Detained at Airport for Simulating a Crime
A 21 year-old foreign tourist was detained at Lanzarote Airport on the 23rd of December accused of simulating a crime. The accused had reported that their backpack, containing 46 items worth €4000, was stolen on the Avenida de los Volcanes in Tinajo. However, the Guardia Civil found the tourist’s extremely detailed description of the stolen items to be suspicious and requested the collaboration of security in the Airport. The tourist was identified at the departure gate the following day, and found to be in possession of the bag and goods that they had previously reported stolen. The tourist was placed in custody in Arrecife.
A 32 year-old man lost his life while hang-gliding between the Famara Cliffs and Famara beach. Emergency services were alerted to the disappearance of the man who had become separated from the rest of the group of hang-gliders. A helicopter was despatched and found the dead body and broken hang-glider in the area of Las Nieves in Teguise.
Nigerian Human Trafficking Gang Broken
The Policia Nacional have broken up a Nigerian Human Trafficking Gang that used Voodoo, beatings and coercion to force their victims to work as prostitutes. The victims would go though voodoo rituals in Nigeria, supposedly to give them ‘strength’, but actually to force loyalty to their exploiters, who would take samples of blood, hair and nails. Once transported to Europe, the victims would owe their captors a debt of on average €55,000, which they would have to pay for through prostitution. The investigation culminated with the arrests of 7 people, including 2 in Arrecife and the head of the gang, a Nigerian woman.