Councillor arrested for marihuana lab in Almogia, Malaga

A LOCAL councillor and his brother have been arrested by Guardia Civil who seized 180 marihuana plants in Almogia. The Guardia Civil had detected a rise in the number of drug sales in the town and surrounding area, and found there was a laboratory locally where marihuana was grown and prepared for sales. 

They set up surveillance at a house in the town centre and identified the dealers. When they warned them they were going to search the property, they threw the plants out of the window into a neighbouring field. 

The detainees were local left-wing Izquierda Unida councillor, Diego Aranda, 63, and his brother. He has said that he will resign from his position.

He spent a night in custody before appearing before a judge who charged him with drug-related crimes. Aranda said the plants were his and that he grew them as the drug relieved him of joint pain. 

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