Crime clan busted on Spain’s Costa Almeria

SIEZED: Police found marijuana, large amounts of cash and guns CREDIT: Policia Nacional

FIVE members of the same family are under arrest for drug trafficking.
Police detained the Vicar-based clan members following nearly two months of investigations, focused to begin with on an individual with a criminal record for drug-related crimes.
Surveillance operations confirmed police suspicions he was part of an organised set-up dedicated to growing and selling marihuana.
Police identified a property in Vicar on which air-conditioning units were running 24 hours a day. The original suspect, along with two others, was seen coming and going and always taking extreme security measures.
Two raids led to three arrests. In the home of the couple police said were the clan leaders, they seized more than €7,000 in cash and three guns. In the other raid officers found nearly 500 marihuana plants.
Information gleaned from the first phase of the operation put investigators on to another property being used as an indoor cannabis plantation in El Ejido and a fourth detention for crimes against public health and power supply fraud.
Police caught up with and arrested the individual they identified as the clan boss’s right-hand man a month later.

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Cathy Elelman

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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