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Galician mafia

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Galician mafia

Galician mafia
Founding location Spain
Territory Spain, Portugal, France, United Kingdom
Ethnicity Galician
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, Cigarette smuggling, Assassination, Bank fraud, Bankruptcy, Blackmailing, Bribery, Contract killing, Infiltration of Politics, Money laundering, Murder, Police corruption, Political corruption, Witness intimidation, Witness tampering.
Allies MilieuFrench , Martinez Familia Sangero

Galician mafia is a general term for the clan-based smuggling groups in the Colombian cocaine.[1]


  • Activities 1
  • Allegations of political corruption 2
  • Known Galician crime families 3
    • Charlin clan 3.1
    • Os Caneos 3.2
    • Castiñeira clan 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Galicia is one of Spain's more impoverished regions. Traditionally the region made its money from the fishing industry, to which the coastal geography of the region lent itself. Following the crippling of the fishing industry, local fishermen began smuggling tobacco to keep their business alive. The successfulness of these tobacco smuggling activities led to the creation of clan-based groups who made their entire living off smuggling.[2]

Galician smuggling networks nowadays not solely concentrate on tobacco. It was when local criminal clans began making contacts in United Kingdom.[4]

Criminal clans in the region have frequently been hostile to each other in recent years. While the Galician smuggling business in the beginning was very local, the internationalising of the organized criminal activities have led to crime-related clan feuds where murder, kidnapping and torture is occasionally committed by criminal Galician clan-members or Colombian contacts and contract killers.[5]

Allegations of political corruption

Allegations of political corruption arose when pictures were found of Galician premier Alberto Núñez Feijóo vacationing with convicted smuggler Marcial Dorado.[6] This had led to local belief that certain Galician crime clans have infiltrated local politics.

Known Galician crime families

Charlin clan

Led by Manuel Charlin Gama they are probably the most notable organized crime clan operating in the region. Their main areas of income are drug trafficking and cigarette smuggling. They've also been involved in murder and witness intimidation. Their main areas of activity are Spain and Portugal.[7]

Os Caneos

Active in the same branche as the Charlin clan, the clan founded by Manuel Baulo are said to have the best contacts with British crime groups. They are involved in a feud with the Charlin clan.[8]

Castiñeira clan

Owners of several brothels, between Ferrol and Lugo, the Castiñeira clan has been managing a multimillionaire empire of fine prostitutes. The group founder, Ishmail Castiñeira, has evaded the Spanish justice. He currently lives in an non-disclosed town in Scandinavia.


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