The Barbate tragedy has brought to light that The strait area is a strategic place for drug trafficking. The strong police presence in recent years has caused criminals to look for other routes of entry for drugs. But cheap labor and proximity to Morocco remain key in this route.
This is a war that began before the 90s. Campo de Gibraltar was already then the main strategic point for drug trafficking and the police managed to take it over. But the drug traffickers looked for alternative routes.
In those years Drug trafficking decreases mainly due to the construction boom. Many people who were linked to drug trafficking see that in construction they have a job and economically profitable outlet.
But in 2016 everything explodes again when Drug traffickers murder a local police officer in La Línea de la Concepción. It was then that the police once again centralized their efforts in this area. That is why drug traffickers quickly reactivate the routes you already knew from those 90s and expand their distribution field to the Levant.
Cheap labor and proximity to Morocco make it easy for the large clans: 80% of the hashish that enters Spain follows this route.
But just two years later, in 2018, Marlaska unsettles the drug traffickers. Paco Mena, coordinator of ‘Alternativas’, explained in the LaSexta News that “when the special security plan is put into operation in the countryside of Gibraltar, what it does is that the organizations that are dedicated to drug trafficking look for other places that be calmer and take fewer risks. Furthermore, he adds that points like the Portuguese coast end up becoming his “base of operations.” There, he says, “they manufacture the most powerful drug boats on the market: they can reach speeds of over 110 km per hour.” “With these they gain strength again and are almost invincible,” he adds.