The promenade of Barbate Saturday dawned as an extension of Playa del Carmen. The sand accumulated on the tiles and reached the road, which gives an idea of the size of the storm and the strength of the waves, which the previous night engulfed the bath closest to the fishing port.
In these conditions, with waves of several meters, a rough sea and almost nothing to see, six drug smugglers left the mouth and moved. a kamikaze escape to avoid prison. One agent explained it: “It’s like jumping into a storm to escape. Imagine if they knew what they were doing.”
That evening, Friday, February 9, The six men changed their status from drug traffickers to alleged murderers. The investigation must determine Which of them piloted the rubber that ran over the four civil guards?who tried to scare them into a smaller semi-rigid boat, the one used by the GEAS (Special Group for Underwater Activities) to rescue them.
As seen in recorded videos and shared in social networks, created by agents various notices -even some shots in the air- to stop the drug traffickers, anchored inside the port of Barbate tied to some buoys to shelter from the typhoon. The GEAS boat, with four civil guards on board, passed in front of the drug boat, where He did not change the road and passed them.
In the Civil Guard semi-rigid there are two GEAS agents and another two from the Rapid Action Group (GAR), formerly a rural anti-terrorist group. Miguel Ángel, 39, GEAS specialists, and David, 43, from GAR, died from the impact. The number Two colleagues were seriously injured. One of them has a broken arm and it is not ruled out that he will lose it.
The drug boat that crashed into them became the priority goal of the entire Civil Guard of Cádiz and neighboring provinces. The agents of the Service Operational Center (COS), which controls the Comprehensive External Surveillance System (SIVE), the eyes of the Benemérita at sea, It didn’t take long for them to find the echo on the radar on the beach with almost no movement due to the waves.
The COS of the Armed Institute monitored the ship’s route, who sailed eastward, probably in search of a known coast. In the zone of Sotogrande They made landfall the first time to leave half the crew, probably to save fuel and try to mislead the investigators. but The Civil Guard was waiting for them and hit them without reacting. There they arrested the three crew members of the boat and two other men who got into the car to pick them up.
Sin will burn
Three more are missing. The drug boat is another stray echo on the SIVE radar. After browsing for a while, He anchored in a bay seeking shelter from the storm. Faced with the risk of running out of fuel and at the mercy of the waves, which would surely kill them, they decided to risk it in the area of La Alcaidesa, in La Línea de la Concepción, where they were running the boat. leaned over to try to escape by land. They didn’t make it. The three fugitives were immediately arrested.
Sources close to the case confirmed that the eight arrested from Campo de Gibraltar and not Barbate, as continued by the residents of the municipality, which is now in the headlines for this unprecedented phase of the fight against drug trafficking. “We are used to attacks because they have instructions to protect the goods, but this,” an agent appeared.