La Línea: Shadow of Narco (2020): Season 1, Episode 4 - Episode #1.4 - full transcript

Law enforcers deploy an unprecedented raid by land, sea and air across Campo de Gibraltar. It's election day in La Línea: Will Juan Franco be reelected?

Okay, I've got them. I have them in sight.

The bastards are using the laser already.

We know we're putting
our lives on the line

the minute we get into the helicopter.

Let me know if the laser is bothering you
and I'll let off a few rounds, okay?

The surge in violence together
with the quantity of drugs coming in

seems to have got the public's attention,

as well as those responsible
for managing public funding.

It seems they're beginning to take action

because you can see
there are more reinforcements.

A few years ago,
we were practically on our own here.

The local and national police,
Civil Guard and customs officers...

We're all in this together.

We all help each other out
and rivalry is not an issue.

-Whose house is this?
-A guy's.

-What guy?
-I don't know.

Come on, man, listen to me.

Above all, the best part of all of this,
is being able to say,

"Fuck, I've been able
to do something useful."

The police are ready to engage
and the proof of that is

in the last few months,

a significant number of drugs
have been seized,

assets relating to drug trafficking
have been impounded,

many involved in organized crime
and drug trafficking have been arrested

and so on.


Hands up! Police!

There is a Latin proverb, however,
ubi societas ibi delictus,

that means, "Where society exists,
there will always be crime."


Did I want to be the mayor?
It was never part of my plan.


I had a quiet life,
but there came a time

when I started thinking
about leaving the town.

Be careful at the pedestrian crossing!
We might get run over.

I could see that the town council
was dragging the town down,

and I wasn't happy about that.

That was more or less the motivation
for me to start this initiative.

I'm embarrassed to see myself
up there on my own.

Don't be silly.

You may not have a candidate after this.

We were the first team in government
to recognize the serious problem

with drug trafficking in the town.

We look at it from the point of view
of an alcoholic,

who first has to admit
they have a problem with alcohol

so that they can do something about it.

My God, what a man has to do for his town!

Where's the breeding ground?

In certain neighborhoods,

where youth unemployment is very severe
and where there's not one specific policy.

Why are we not setting up
training programs,

employment plans,
productive investment?

I have no idea.
I'm sick and tired of repeating myself.

Either I'm the worst communicator
in the world...

or there is a complete lack of interest
in eradicating the problem.




-How are you doing?
-We're good.

Our election manifesto
is practically finished.

We'll go on dealing with the main problems
affecting the town,

and it's the town council's obligation
to solve them.

The work that depends on us
is being done,

and I believe we have made
big improvements in many areas.

The problem is so serious that it exceeds
the powers we have as a town council.

There has been a significant increase
in policing,

but the social issues
aren't being dealt with,

and we need to sit down
with the authorities.

I hope to continue getting results.
That's my motivation.

We are tired of always getting, at best,
the leftovers.

When we raised the issue of becoming
a self-governed town,

the Partido Popular, the PSOE
and Ciudadanos rejected the motion.

They rejected it
because they're determined to deny us

any chance of survival or moving forward
and giving us a better future.

We won't accept that.

We'll continue the fight
even if it's the last thing we do.

So, ladies and gentlemen,

onwards and upwards, always!

One of the most important drug lords
in our country,

sought by the police
for the last two years,

has resurfaced in a music video.

They believe they're untouchable,
and just over a month ago,

despite the police being on his trail,

Isco Tejón defied police

and appears in this video clip
by a well-known Cuban rap artist.

We knew that arresting him was going
to be very difficult.

So our strategy was to put pressure
on his inner circle.

His family and close friends
were put under surveillance,

and during that time,
when surveillance was at its height,

that video was recorded and went viral.


The video was posted three days ago
and has already had over 50,000 views.

The man driving the luxury car
is Francisco Tejón, "Isco,"

considered to be the most wanted
hash drug lord in Spain.

He's enjoying his time in the limelight...


...and flaunting himself in front
of the citizens of Campo de Gibraltar,

as well as the justice system
and the police forces.

Obviously, for us, the video clip
was yet another provocation.

In our opinion, to a certain extent,
that was the intention.

I'll keep you updated
when you can move in, okay?

Will do. We'll be on standby.


It was just a video,
but it was yet another reason

for us to intensify our efforts
and motivate us to arrest him.

In the end, once the pressure
reached a breaking point,

he decided to turn himself in,
for himself and for his inner circle,

and because the organization itself
and the other clans

felt that the pressure was too intense

and would adversely affect business,
which is the bottom line.

You got him.

We got a call from the lawyer

saying he was willing to turn himself
in and a time and place were agreed

which, for us, was acceptable
where we could take him in.

In recent days, the net has tightened
so much that Isco Tejón,

accompanied by family members,
turned himself in early this morning.

After almost two years on the run,

Spain's most wanted man
appeared in court today.

There was no negotiation
and it was never considered

because that was never on the table.

I think that if someone has been
on the run for two years,

there can be no negotiation whatsoever.

He has to turn himself in
as it's the only option open to him.

Police had concentrated their efforts
on his arrest,

following the operation
which resulted in his brother's arrest,

the suspected leader of the Castaña clan,
last June.

Police activity has been...

When my editor said to me today,

"You need to go
to La Línea de la Concepción.

Isco has just given himself up.
You're going to cover it."

That was great news for me,
to be able to report on that story.

I was absolutely delighted,
especially considering public opinion

and the outrage at his impunity.
It's unacceptable that a man

who's on the run,

and has been accused of crimes,

very serious crimes,

is able to appear in a music video.

He knew that this would happen some day.
The police were closing in every day.

The Castaña clan is finished.
They have been eliminated.

We got to a point that was
beyond belief, you know?

The arrest is a reward for months
of careful work,

carried out in neighborhoods
that are difficult to infiltrate.

We've had to be very careful to avoid
leaks that could have shown our hand.

...Francisco Tejón, one of the leaders
of the Castaña clan,

and whom we saw recently
in a reggaeton music video.

Rocío Martínez,
can you give us more details?

Good afternoon. Yes, just minutes ago,
a police van transporting the prisoner

to Botafuegos prison,
left this courthouse.

His lawyers have confirmed
that he agreed to turn himself in.

They also confirmed
that Spain's most wanted drug lord

has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Since last January,

almost 50 police officers have kept him
under intense surveillance,

and that pressure from the security forces
on him and his inner circle,

has been the key to his surrender
to the police.

Are we off air?

His arrest means the most important clan
in the area has lost its leader,

and crucially, the other clans can see

that sense of impunity has disappeared.

We're learning, evolving...


...and we're always one step
behind the criminals.

But gradually,
and this unit is proof of that,

we're adapting and we're winning battles.

If we sometimes manage to win a battle,

it's because we're persistent
and we keep the pressure on.


Do you copy?

They're approaching our position.

They're in a group.



At first, it was not seen
as a particularly significant operation,

but when we began investigating,
we realized

that the suspects we were dealing with
were all linked to the Castaña clan.




Operation Double-Cross
was intensely planned.

We were preparing for days and even weeks.

Gentlemen, we're running out of time!

Group leaders over here now!

It has been the biggest operation
that I've participated in,

and the Civil Guard has mobilized
a lot of people and resources.

Those taking part
in this specific operation were:

the Rapid Response Unit
of the Civil Guard, the GAR,

the GRS who would be considered
as anti-riot police,

the Coast Guard,
with several vessels and patrol boats,

Public Order units,

who literally sealed off
La Línea de la Concepción.

Police helicopters also took part,
as well as Criminal Investigation squads,

from their headquarters in Málaga,
Algeciras and Cádiz.

There were up to 600 officers involved.



Everyone wanted to take part
and that's how it was organized.

We had to carry out 20 simultaneous
searches in Atunara beach,

otherwise they would have escaped.

-Around this area.
-They come in here.

They have no choice but to unload here.
There's no other way in.

Call me when you get those guys, okay?

I have three here
from a crew change in Marbella.

You need to pay close attention
because you have a series of instructions,

and depending on the house
or the suspect you're after,

you need to take certain precautions.

There is a feeling
that this is coming to an end,

that we are going to
bring down "the bad guys,"

and you're looking forward
to going into action.

You're not only keen on doing your job
but seeing others do theirs as well.

You feel like you're in a movie
and that gets your adrenaline going

when the time comes.

Civil Guard!

Civil Guard!

Civil Guard! Get down!

Get down!


That's not the door, right?

We're clear. We're in.

Get down here.

-Please, my kids.
-Come down.

Anyone else?

-Anyone else?
-To the left.

-Come out where I can see you.
-I have my kids here, please.

Okay. Come out
where I can see you, please.

Lola, honey, it's the Civil Guard.
It's okay.

It's all right. It's the Civil Guard.
They won't hurt you.

Honey, the Civil Guard won't hurt you.

Help me out here.

Antonio was in prison,
but he was still very much in control.

He had to be detained again in prison

because he was still involved
in the organization's criminal activities.

The suspects arrested are linked
to the well-known Castaña clan,

that until recently was active here,
in La Línea de la Concepción,

and whose leaders are currently in prison.

It's been an unprecedented intervention
here in Campo de Gibraltar,

involving some 500 officers
by land, sea and air.

You stay here for a while.
About 20 minutes. Do you see that?

Stay right there.

They had set up a type of cooperative,

let's say, a narcos' cooperative.

All of those top men,
or who we thought were at the top,

or a step below, all of them were involved

in a type of community, and they referred
to themselves as "Real Madrid."

During those interventions,
we began to connect the dots,

uncovering information,
putting faces with names,

putting the puzzle together

until we discovered
that they were the ones working here,

but they always talked about Antonio.
"Antonio this, Antonio that..."

Until we got to the stage
where we were able to connect

this "Real Madrid" structure
with its "captain," Antonio Castaña.

You have such a feeling of satisfaction.

You're like, "Because of these guys
I've had sleepless nights,

bad food, I've been away from my home,

I haven't been able to see my family,
but in the end, I've managed...

to hunt them down, arrest them
and put them in prison."

We've arrested 84 suspects

and we think that among those 84 suspects
we have the top guys,

some of the middle ranks

and some of the lower ones.

The guys who provided the safe houses,

the garages, cars...

All those people were getting
paid generously to do that.

My sense of satisfaction comes from
the feeling that I'm part of a puzzle,

that is slowly but surely coming together,
and when we finish it, it'll be a relief

and for the people living here,
like a way of saying,

"We were waiting for so long
for someone to come

and put an end to this
because it was totally out of control."

A spectacular antidrug operation
in Cádiz.

-Hands up and off the boat!
-Get down!

Get down!

Civil Guard boarded this fishing vessel
with three crew members on board.

This movie-style intervention
has led to the dismantling

of an international
hash trafficking network.

We have seized more drugs
than in previous years,

much more assets
and cash coming from drug trafficking

have been impounded.
We are arresting more people.

The police pressure
has been very significant,

which I am very happy about
and very grateful for.

They've been smart enough to do what
we've been demanding for a long time,

which is not to go after the crime itself,
the stash of hash and so on,

but to go after the money laundering
which is what'd hurt them most.

A network of drug traffickers
made up of the Italian mafia

and a well-known Spanish clan
has been dismantled.

Forty-four people have been arrested
in this police operation

against the Italian 'Ndrangheta
and the Castaña clan.

They were transporting large quantities
of hash, hidden in trucks, into Spain.

It's satisfying to go home
after arresting these guys

who are making money from this...


...especially when it's the top guys
that fall.

In Campo de Gibraltar,
important organizations have fallen,

along with their leaders,
so I guess we're doing something right.

Sincerity is one of my traits,
in honor of my surname.

I am usually very frank
and I think we have a future.


MAY 26, 2019

I'm sorry for getting you all up
so early...

If you vote first, you get to stay here.

-I'll stay...
-We'll look after you.

-You need my ID, right?
-Of course.

José Juan Franco Rodríguez.

-I'm number one, right?
-José Juan Franco Rodríguez.

This is your vote.

Okay, Mr. President, thank you very much.

First to vote at 9.00 a.m. is Juan Franco,
candidate for La Línea 100 x 100.

-Good morning.
-You're the first to vote.

-Will you win today?
-The early bird gets the worm.

La Línea 100 x 100: 286 votes. 286.

-GIL? Zero.

Zero. PSOE?

PSOE: 44

-No, I mean it.

No, seriously. We need to be careful

because we're still only talking
about 25% of the count.

I feel a heavy weight on my shoulders.
It's a big responsibility.

That's right. The count is still going on.
Let's wait and see.

It's looking good right now.

Thanks a lot, man. Thank you.

See you later.

Man, we have 5,000 votes
and the PSOE has 933.

We're going to get at least 12,000 votes.

-Total votes.
-No, more than that.

If we had over 6,000
and the PSOE had 7,000, that's 13,000

and now their numbers have plummeted...

I think the outcome is historic.

We got the best result any political party
has ever got in this town

since 1983.

Of the 25 councilors, we have 21,

and now we have to be smart enough
to manage that result.

It's tense stuff, right?

-We're nearly done, man.
-Come on.

This guy has changed the most
in the last four years.

-For the better, right?
-Of course.

His father was worried the other day
and he said to me, "This is helping him

get better at the job, right?"
I said, "Sure, it is."

What will happen to drug trafficking
and tobacco smuggling?

We're working hard
and we've had spectacular results.

In that respect,
I am very happy and very satisfied,

but I understand
we still need more resources.

I'm afraid that the pressure is really on

and someone somewhere will let it slip
we've won the war on drugs.

But Morocco is still nearby.

They are still producing
the same kilos of hash.

I mean, unless there's an earthquake
and the distance is suddenly 800 km,

it's still going to be out there.

Right now, we're cooling things down,

but if we don't go
to the heart of the problem,

it'll start all over again.

Ten years from now,

the minute police pressure eases up,
we'll be back to where we were a year ago.

Onwards and upwards, man.

Come on, man.

You don't know what it's like
not having your mother.

I know that.
I know you're thinking about her.

The poor woman would be...

Come on, man.

Wherever she is, she'd be proud.
You hear me?

She's watching over you
and you can be sure she's very proud.




Thank you!



You're the best.

Onwards and upwards, right?

Thanks so much.

We know we are improving
our response to drug trafficking.


The pressure from the police is effective.

I feel that it's quieter here,
more controlled.

They seem to have realized,
that despite their provocation,

they can't beat us.

We've made progress
in the amount of arrests, of seizures,

and we're slowly reestablishing
the rule of law.


There's room for improvement,
you know, with more resources.

It's true that it has improved,
but we could do with more.

Crime is becoming more specialized,
and we have to be more united.

Driving around in our patrol car

and coming across the gomones,
as we call the speed boats...

OFFICER not so common any more.

There is still a supply coming in
and there's some activity,

but it's been greatly reduced.

Other routes have opened
in other parts of Andalusia.

The pressure from the police
in Campo de Gibraltar

has forced drug traffickers
to search for other routes.

The presence of the Civil Guard
on the coast in Andalusia

means that many of the organizations
working in this area...


...have expanded
and are now working in Huelva.

The drug traffickers have cut back
on their activity

in the Campo de Gibraltar area,
but that doesn't take away from the fact

that we've seen an increase
in their activities in other areas.

It's true that we've tried to reduce
the significant problems

that existed in Campo de Gibraltar,

but we have to make sure we avoid
spreading the problem to other areas.


While we are still around,
everything goes to plan.

We are able to intercept a lot of drugs,

we are disbanding organizations,

but once we leave,
it will go back to the way it was.


People think that trying to get rid
of drug trafficking

is a utopian idea, and it could well be.

But it's something we need to think about
if we want to end it,

or at least be as successful as possible.

The battle we lose
is the battle we don't fight.

We're doing what we can.


We may not always win, and maybe
we won't get rid of drug trafficking

in the near future.

That's clear.

The battle's not lost yet
because we're still fighting.

Mr. Joaquín Llanos Jociles.

It's my belief that this is

a short-term solution that will last,

at least in the short term in this case,

because the problem
is not about having more police.

We don't have--
If the people who are involved in this

don't have any other alternative
or they live in areas that

are marginalized or they have difficulties
getting a job or an education...


...I think that's where we should be
focusing our attention.

Drug trafficking won't end,
and the same goes for any crime

that occurs in our society,
like gender-based violence,

or murders, or burglaries in our homes.

Will we put an end to drug trafficking?

But can we reduce it to a level
that our society can tolerate?

I think so.
I think we're already seeing that.

Intelligent steps have been taken
in recent months,

in terms of increasing
human and material resources,

and we're on the right track
to turn the situation around.

I believe that this year,

from October last year to today,

we have seen,
from the point of view of police work,

and over the last few years,
I won't say a "superhuman" effort,

but it has certainly been intense.

Obviously, there's room for improvement.

But where demand exists,
there's always going to be...

a supply.

I'm coming. Hang on!

Hang on, I'm coming.

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