Drug crops are a growing problem in Almeria

CLANDESTINE CROP: Marihuana there for the picking.

MARIHUANA is becoming another Almeria agricultural product as well as an illicit import.

The Guardia Civil are detecting an ever-increasing number of plantations as people turn to growing the drug, which sells at €4 a gramme, to beat the crisis.

The latest discovery was located on the San Rafael industrial estate in Huercal de Almeria.  Four people from Almeria province were arrested following an investigation prompted by their numerous visits outside working hours to supposedly empty premises.

The property was kept under surveillance and officers noted that the visitors carefully inspected cars parked nearby before entering. They often carried fertiliser and products necessary for cultivating marihuana.

Having seen enough to confirm their suspicions, the Guardia Civil raided the premises and discovered 242 marihuana plants, all at different stages of growth.

There were two hothouses inside the industrial unit installed with lights, heaters, fans, humidifiers and extractors as well as products and equipment for forcing the plants.

Last week’s arrests followed an El Ejido operation when Guardia Civil officers arrested one person and impounded 424 marihuana plants from his home. 

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