Drugs swapped for stolen goods in Costa Almeria resort Roquetas

RAIDS: Some 100 officers took part in the operation, making 15 arrests CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria

A GUARDIA Civil operation into a gang in Roquetas de Mar illegally growing marijuana and selling ‘low-cost’ drugs in exchange for small amounts of cash and stolen goods ended with 15 arrests.

CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria

The detainees face charges including membership of a criminal organisation, cultivating and trafficking drugs, money laundering and defrauding the power supply.
The Guardia reported the gang’s activities led to an increase in robberies from vehicles and thefts in Roquetas as they would accept nicked items like mobile phones, electrical devices and bikes as payment for small doses of very addictive and poor quality illegal substances.
According to the Guardia the organisation’s activities were responsible for 137 car break-ins and 76 robberies over recent months.
The gang members were not afraid to use violence or threats on the individuals who went to them for their drug fixes, the Guardia said.
Operation ‘Planetario’ saw simultaneous raids on a number of properties in which some 100 officers took part. They seized heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methadone, top-of-the-range vehicles, jewellery and numerous stolen objects.
The Guardia said the investigation remains open and there could be further arrests.
CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria

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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.

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