MORE than 30 police officers from Lorca (Murcia) were involved in the bust of a huge marihuana farm outside Pulpi which led to four arrests and confiscation of more than nine tonnes of the drug.
Investigators had been searching for some time for the farm they suspected was in the area and finally came across a one-hectare property tucked away between the hills in an area which was very difficult to reach. The farm consisted of extensive greenhouses fitted with automatic watering and temperature regulation systems and when officers entered they found four illegal immigrants who lived on the premises and were responsible for caring for the plants.
To avoid anyone escaping, the National and Local Police forces sent more than 30 officers to ensure the perimeter was controlled during the raid. Once inside, they found the four men sleeping on mattresses on boxes in a spot which gave them a view of the whole farm.
So many plants were confiscated (more than 20,000) that a lorry had to be sent to the farm to carry them away.