Guadalete Street has not been just any street in the small Cadiz town of Puerto Serrano for some time now. In May 2020, the Civil Guard asked the judge to authorize them to enter the houses of the 16 residents of this mountain town who consumed more electricity than the regional hospital to feed their marijuana crops. By then, that stretch of low houses had already become the location for D’Valle’s video clips, a rag picker who does not miss the opportunity to proudly extol the narco’s ideology. The researchers suspect that behind all this parallel universe is Francisco Javier R., although his people know him differently. “Is The boss of the whole street”, summarizes a civil guard. And this Thursday has not been a good day among some of the residents of Guadalete street because their employer has ended up, again, arrested. Now, accused of laundering the money of his businesses with banking products and other goods.
Puerto Serrano is a humble town of day laborers in the Sierra de Cádiz. Many of its 7,000 residents spend a good part of the year outside the town, participating in campaigns to collect fruit and vegetables in various Spanish and French fields. Although for years now the illegal activities of some of the residents of Guadalete Street overshadow that normality. Among them, the clan of The pines, a family organization, has become so strong as to dominate the marijuana business in the area and supposedly establish a money laundering network that involves, according to police investigations, a good part of his acquaintances and relatives. Early this Thursday, dozens of agents from the Cádiz Civil Guard have been deployed in the vicinity of the road to arrest 16 people. In addition, they are investigating another 13 people, many of them with police records, already detained in the May 2020 operation.
If a year and a half ago the civil guards were looking for those marijuana crops that defrauded the regional hospital in the area with a higher electricity consumption —, instructed by number 2 of Arcos de la Frontera. At that time, the agents went from record to record constructions on Guadalete Street, given the evidence of a multitude of marijuana crops in closed areas and seized 5,500 pots from a series of economic movements in a bank account that worked as a common box, according to the economic investigations carried out by the Civil Guard that has detailed Cadiz Diary and confirmed EL PAÍS.
According to the investigations, La Latera transferred the legal money from her pensions, from her son or that other relatives received to an account that was in the name of two other daughters and in which she appeared as authorized and exchanged those amounts for cash with allegedly illicit origin. In addition, he allegedly made more cash income than he repaid. With that money saved with the appearance of legality, the family acquired houses and different assets that they put in the name of figureheads, according to police investigations. The Civil Guard calculates that Los Piños were able to launder at least half a million euros between these bank movements and the purchase of opulent whims.
El Patron liked to walk around his town in his luxurious Porsche Panamera and his Mercedes, as was recorded in May 2020 in the Chulengo operation, instructed by the Court Number 2 of Arcos de la Frontera. At that time, the agents went from register to register of constructions on Guadalete Street, given the evidence of a multitude of marijuana crops in closed areas and seized 5,500 pots of marijuana. Mary, spread over more than 20 plantations. After that arrest, La Latera did not hesitate to record a video posted on Facebook in which he boasted of having been in jail and threatened all those who had betrayed his son with reprisals. In addition, he attacked the mayor of the town for not having warned him of the operation that was looming against his son.
Days later, the same street ended up being turned into a party with confetti cannons, launched at the passage of the black Porsche in which El Patron announced his return to the neighborhood. It is not the only exaltation in honor of Francisco Javier R. He himself has emulated the footsteps of Isco Tejón, the chestnut —one of the most well-known hashish dealers in Campo de Gibraltar— and has appeared as an extra in some trap video clips of D’Valle, a local singer who, on Youtube, has already accumulated up to four videos with lyrics extolling the underworld of narco. drug and fame, (drugs and fame) sounds this Thursday almost like a prediction of the new coup that the Civil Guard on Guadalete street: “The kilos are packing and the phone is already ringing, at the end of the day we are already crowning (…). Keep the drug, the ‘monkeys’ already in the neighborhood”.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.