By Deirdre Tynan • 07 June 2021 • 16:09
Guardia Civil uncovers cannabis plantation in Almeria.
The Guardia Civil has uncovered a huge cannabis plantation in Lucainena de las Torres, Almeria.
MORE than 62,000 plants were found in an “advanced state of growth”, according to the force.
Operation Virgil resulted in the arrest of the plantation’s manager on charges against public health.
The director of the Guardia Civil, María Gamez, said growing hemp is allowed exclusively for industrial purposes or with the express permission of Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), when it is intended for scientific, medical or research purposes.
Gamez also revealed details of a second operation in Almeria.
Operation Menthan dismantled an international smuggling ring for hashish and marihuana. It was run by Albanian citizens who operated in the west of Almeria. Nine people were arrested and 400 kilos of hashish that they intended to transport to Italy by road transport was seized. In addition, nine searches have been carried out in Aguadulce and Vicar, where the group operated from.
The investigation has linked them to an international crime organisation with connections to the Italian mafia group “Sacra Corona Unita”.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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