Manuel Charlín Gama, the patriarch of one of the Galician drug trafficking clans, died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 89. The death was at his family home in Vilanova de Arousa (Pontevedra).
The death occurred due to a fall in the environment of his home in the municipality of Pontevedra.
Charlín was one of the detainees in the Nécora operation in 1990, directed by the then judge of the National Court Baltasar Garzón. In that process, he was not convicted in that process. Yes it was later, in the 2000s for money laundering and crimes against public finances. He was released in 2010.
In 2018 he was arrested along with his son Melchor for his relationship with another macro-operation against an organization dedicated to the importation, transportation and stash of drugs. Specifically, he was related to a large quantity of cocaine that had been seized. The drug had been found in a boat near an island in the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira.