POLICE have broken up a drugs’ trafficking ring operating in Spain, France and Italy. Four Spaniards and a Moroccan were arrested and 800 kilos of marijuana confiscated from a villa in Callosa de Segura.
Also impounded were 200 grammes of hashish, electronic scales, laptop computers, mobile phones, two cars and equipment for cultivating and processing the drug.
The investigation, codenamed Operation Mistral, began last July after police learnt that large quantities of marijuana were stored at the Callosa house.
It was rented to a person who frequently drove to Almeria and bought marijuana plants which were later dried and packed, ready for dispatch for sale in France and Italy.
The drug was also distributed at holiday resorts in Alicante and Malaga provinces.
The suspects were kept under surveillance and on Wednesday last week police stopped their van in Callosa and found they were carrying 10 kilos of dried marijuana plants and sacks of soil.
They were arrested on the spot, together with three other gang members at the villa.