By Cathy Elelman • 28 February 2020 • 17:20
VIOLENT: Local residents reported the husband had even threatened neighbours with a knife.
CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria
A VERA couple are under arrest on robbery and drug charges.
Guardia Civil said the pair are also accused of squatting and of illegal connections to electricity and water supplies.
The Guardia began investigating 31-year old A.J. and 32-year old M.D.R.R. back in August on the back of concerns from local residents about the couples’ behaviour, especially given that they have three small children.
There were reports of them selling drugs from their home and of violent episodes, the husband even threatening neighbours with a knife.
Discreet surveillance of the property confirmed suspicions about the house being used as a drugs sales point, and also revealed the illegal hook-ups to the power and water. Having gathered sufficient evidence officers raided the property, the well-being of the children their top priority.
Once the little ones had been put in the care of the relevant authorities, they carried out a search. As well as drugs and items used for the sale and distribution of illegal substances they found two laptops reported stolen from Velez-Rubio in December and four catalytic converters nicked in Vera in January.
Both the detainees had previous criminal records for crimes including violent robbery the Guardia said.
The couple’s children remain under the protection of Vera social services.
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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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