By Cathy Elelman •
Published: 23 Jul 2019 • 18:19
BUDDING: Officers found mature marijuana plants and shoots as well as illegal connections to the power supply.
CREDIT: Almeria Police Press Office
POLICE arrested five men and a woman in parallel operations to uncover illegal marijuana cultivation activities.
In the first operation, several months of investigations into a criminal organisation using at least five properties for indoor plantations culminated in simultaneous raids on several places in Alquian, Viator and Retamar.
Searches of the properties led to the discovery of nearly 900 marijuana plants, just under 150 marijuana shoots, €845 in cash, six top-of-the-range vehicles, electricity transformers, ventilators, extractor fans, air filters, scales and two vacuum packing machines.
The three Romanian nationals arrested as part of the operations were also charged with defrauding the power supply: the property had a number of illegal electricity connections and no meter.
At the same time, a married couple and their 35-year old son were arrested for growing marijuana inside their home in a second police operation in the Piedras Redondas area of Almeria city.
Officers found 132 plants, plus the usual kinds of plantation accessories, like lamps and extractors. Again, there was an unauthorised hook up to the power network, which has been dismantled by technicians from the electricity company.
BUDDING: Officers found mature marijuana plants and shoots (inset 1), as well as illegal connections to the power supply (inset 2).CREDIT: Almeria Police Press Office
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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