The alleged drug trafficking plot in which five officials of the Navalcarnero prison have been involved, if true, has all the tints of a film of the genre. Dominican mafias, supposedly corrupt employees, money deposits in checking accounts, drugs and even the notice of the mother of a prisoner. Precisely with her, the so-called Orion operation began in 2020, carried out by the Judicial Police of the Madrid Civil Guard Command.
ABC has pressed sources of the case but also different prison officials, colleagues of those now incarcerated. Three of them are in provisional prison in Estremera (Madrid VII), the most modern prison in the region, which has
with a custody module for this type of inmate, such as the one for police and guards, prison officials, judges and similar profiles (to avoid reprisals) that exists in Alcalá-Meco (Madrid II). The other two arrested have been able to evade the precautionary measure (although they came to step on Estremera), after the payment of bail of 5,000 euros per head. The two house searches carried out and their testimonies have allowed him to be released on parole and with charges. They are being investigated for bribery, prevarication, crime against public health and criminal organization.
It all started with the story of a mother who has her son behind bars and who is a drug addict. He saw it worse than what he entered and, in addition, he asked him to deposit money in a checking account to pay off a debt for drugs, because he was threatened. And that during the pandemic visits to prisons were eliminated in the three months that the confinement lasted. In June 2020, the hand began to open, but little by little, depending on the epidemiological situation of each center and the incidents in the municipality and province in which they were located.
It also affected vis a vis and communications in phone booths, with two instead of four visitors and with a performance of between 75% and 50% in some prisons. All of this has led to a very significant drop in the presence of drugs in prisons, since most of the drugs that enter are brought in by the relatives of the inmates. Those responsible also noted an increase in narcotics in the searches and searches in the cells.
The director of Navalcarnero submitted a report to the
Civil Guard, which was launched. After taking statements from inmates, it was possible to identify the suspects on both sides of the case: the workers and the prisoners, as well as their relatives caught in the act.
Already prosecuted in the 90s
It was found that allegedly a group of Dominicans (one of them, interned for attempted murder) and at least one prisoner from Eastern Europe they consumed and sold prohibited substances inside the jail. Also, that he handled mobile phones, something totally prohibited.
The investigations, in which there have been no lack of telephone taps and records, culminated on Wednesday with the arrest of five officials and 13 more people (six prisoners and the rest, relatives). The plot, supposedly, was that relatives of those incarcerated passed hashish to Navalcarnero employees, that they put it as packages in the center taking advantage of the fact that they are not subjected to controls, according to the work in the summary, which is already open.
About 100,000 euros
They calculate that they handled 100,000 euros, that they paid for transfers in at least three accounts in the name of frontmen. In the searches in cells and lockers, drugs have not been found, but consumer instruments have been found.
ABC has spoken with fellow officials. Of the three incarcerated, Santos and Julio, “are super regulatory, very upright”: “It is unimaginable that they have gotten into that.”
As for the third, Already retired and known as César, el ‘Tirín’, they have more doubts, since he was indicted in a drug affair in the 90s, although the matter was shelved. The other two, on parole, are named Carlos and Julio. “They don’t need the money, almost everyone has a partner and two salaries: only the first, who is married to a solicitor, earns more than 5,000 euros a month at home. In addition, they are on different shifts, they hardly spoke to each other, they had no connection, “says another colleague. “These things are very damaging to our collective, of 25,000 people, including civil servants and workforce. They leave us as if we were corrupt, “complains another.