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Flamenco dancer Rafael Amargo arrested in Alicante for an alleged crime of drug trafficking

Granada-born bailaor Rafael Amargo was arrested this Thursday night in Alicante, after leaving a performance, for an alleged crime of drug trafficking from his home in Madrid, according to police sources confirmed to Europa Press.

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Flamenco dancer Rafael Amargo arrested in Alicante for an alleged crime of drug trafficking

Granada-born bailaor Rafael Amargo was arrested this Thursday night in Alicante, after leaving a performance, for an alleged crime of drug trafficking from his home in Madrid, according to police sources confirmed to Europa Press.

Amargo was already arrested on December 1, 2020 along with his partner and two other people in the framework of the 'Codax operation', whose name means crow in Latin and is nicknamed that way because of an image of Amargo on his Instagram in which he appears with wings of this species of bird.

After declaring, those arrested -four more people, including the choreographer's partner- were released with precautionary measures such as the withdrawal of their passports, the prohibition to leave the national territory and the obligation to go to court every fortnight. In addition, the Police carried out several searches.

Next June the bailaor will sit in the dock for the alleged commission of a crime against public health for the alleged sale of narcotic substances to third parties in a "persistent" manner in exchange for money at his own home.

The oral hearing will be held on June 7, 8, 9 and 12 at the Provincial Court of Madrid, legal sources reported. The artist faces a tax request of 9 years in prison.

In his indictment, the prosecutor requested the same penalty for Juan Eduardo S.B., Amargo's production assistant, for allegedly acting "jointly" with the other defendant in the purchase and subsequent distribution of said substances.

In his account, the prosecutor stated that, during the months of April and December 2020, both "had been dedicating themselves in a concerted and persistent manner to the distribution of narcotic substances, among other methamphetamine, to third parties in exchange for money."

To this end, the two defendants acquired the substance "jointly" from the different suppliers, to later distribute it between them and sell it to third parties.

Thus, the dancer allegedly sold narcotic substances to people who came to his Madrid home and in others "he sent the substance to the place where the client indicated, for which he used his trusted man, the also accused Manuel Ángel B.L. , another of Amargo's partners, knowing what he was carrying, after making the corresponding delivery, returned to his home to deliver the money obtained from the sale."

By an order issued on December 1, 2020 by the Investigating Court number 48 of Madrid, the entry and search of the defendants' homes was authorized.

In the case of the dancer, the agents intervened three cans containing Popper substance (alkyl nitrites), a small bag containing a substance that turned out to be phenylethylamine with a net weight of 0.089 grams and a bottle containing 6 milliliters of GBL with a market value of 314.19 euros in its sale by grams.