By Cathy Elelman • 30 September 2020 • 21:01
DOUBLE CRIME: Guardia Civil officers discovered more than 400 marijuana plants and an illegal hook-up to the power supply
CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria
GUARDIA Civil discovered a marijuana plantation right next to a primary school in Roquetas de Mar town and arrested a 23-year old man.
The Guardia first launched operation “Jabeplan” to uncover a possible drug cultivation set-up on the back of information received via a channel open to the public and on the basis of interviews with residents in the area who reported a constant smell of marijuana in the air.
Subsequent surveillance led officers to hone in on a duplex just 50 metres from an infants’ and junior school and a sports ground.
The Guardia said the fact it was so near to a zone where there are a lot of children made it important to act rapidly.
A raid on the property revealed there were more than 400 marijuana plants growing inside.
On top of that, it turned out there was an illegal hook-up to the electricity network.
The 23-year old hence faces charges not only for cultivating and producing drugs, but also for defrauding the power supply.
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