Over 70 people connected with the street touting time share scheme were arrested then later set free by the national police service.
Some efforts to try to detain organisers and owners of some of these schemes were thwarted as the presiding Judge pointed to irregularities in the arrest procedures and details of alleged fraud.
Most of those arrested were reps who work at a number of popular spots across the tourist zones in the south.
The law clearly states that street selling of any kind is illegal, a business owner may talk and entice people into a bar or restaurant if they are standing on their own property and not on the public street.
The reality is that many do stand a little outside their business and for the most part this is not a problem, particularly inside a commercial centre however those that stand outside of commercial centres are breaking the law and regularly "rounded-up" the police.
Anyone visiting the Yumbo Centrum for example know that there are those that try to entice visiting couples or groups to all sorts of attractions, including time share schemes.
For a historial context on the law surrounding the timeshare situation in the Canary Islands the case that now dates back over 3 years when Perez accused Soria using the law for his legal defense.
Back in February 2009
The Salmon case
From those who know this part of the world well we are told that this is an anual occurrence.
Most of the 70 odd people who were "street selling" are not selling anything i.e there is no money handed over, and because there is no transaction the law is a little grey.
However the police and locals know that they do get paid later when their "prospects" turn up with a numbered ticket or some such way of identifying the rep who "recruited them" or "made the initial conversion".
The reality is that that these street reps get fined, around 300 euros and then a few days later are back on the streets doing the same thing again.
Problems with time share are really a completely separate thing but some local media sources (News in the Sun and The Canary News) seemed to have jumped squarely onto the timeshare wagen and seem to miss the point that street touting is the real storey here.
Annual police operations that try to control this problem have been going on for at least 20 years according to one source.
Some suggest that the policemen and women on the beat might help but don't hold your breath on that one.