By Cathy Elelman • 21 September 2020 • 10:52
SET-UP: Police found a fully functioning plantation with more than 2,500 marijuana plants
CREDIT: Policia Nacional Almeria
POLICE have uncovered a major indoor marijuana plantation hidden in two rural properties on the outskirts of Almeria city and made five arrests.
The operation was initially launched in July.
At first glance it looked as though the properties were used as a home and as a place to store farming implements.
But a strong smell of marijuana in the air, air-conditioning units operating 24 hours a day and intense surveillance of the zone by the detainees were all clues as to what was really going on inside.
When police went in earlier this month they discovered a fully functioning indoor marijuana plantation with a complex irrigation and temperature control system and more than 2,500 marijuana plants at different stages of growth.
One of the detainees tried to make a run for it, barefoot and wearing just a pair of tracksuit bottoms. Officers caught up with him just minutes later.
The five arrested face charges for drug trafficking and for defrauding the power supply.
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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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