Córdoba, (EFE). – Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska denied this Friday the “dismantling” of the anti-drug unit (OCON SOUTH) in Campo de Gibraltar and has confirmed that there is a restructuring.

Speaking to reporters after presenting the decorations to the patron saint of penitentiaries in Córdoba during the commemoration of the La Merced festival, the minister reiterated that “there has been no dismantling” and that the 150 soldiers who formed an “extraordinary” unit and temporary” have now been “moved and configured as something already structured”.

Establishment in Campo de Gibraltar

He added that “drugs” must be “permanently” confronted and “this is the government’s responsibility with Campo de Gibraltar”, however, he recalled that “the first thing this government agreed to in July 2018” was the return of the “principle of powers” in the region and its adjacent territories, which “had already been called into question”.

Therefore, according to Grande-Marlaska, the “reorganization” of the anti-drug trafficking unit is “a further step” in “ensuring a structure of personnel and material resources” that will allow “an even more effective fight against drug trafficking.” “.

Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska with people decorated during the celebration of La Merced by the patron saint of prisons. in Cordoba. EFE/Rooms

In addition, he has recognized the “success” of the last four years in dealing with organized and dangerous crime, which calls into question many democratic values, and therefore the agents are now “in the judicial police units of different units.” and is coordinated by the “Regional Analysis and Intelligence Center”, he explained.

“We will continue to increase the number of troops,” confirmed the minister, who has referred to thispublic job offer this year with “more than 4,500 new soldiers between the police and the civil guard”, which has allowed “the restoration of almost 13,000 military personnel lost during the seven years of the People’s Government”.

ETA prisoner transfers

Secondly Regarding the transfer of ETA prisoners to prisonsthe minister reminded that the rule of law is based on “the application of the law” and therefore “Spanish citizens would never understand that the government does not always apply it”.

“The application of the law is what represents the rule of law and obviously the government,” defended the minister, who emphasized that it was the same “rule of law” that “defeated the barbarism of the terrorist organization ETA.” which “caused more than 850 deaths, many were seriously injured, many were threatened, and many were displaced.” EFE

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