A 41-YEAR old man is under arrest for growing hundreds of cannabis plants in two properties in the 500 Viviendas neighbourhood of Almeria city.
Police found 270 plants growing in pots, along with 58 600w lamps and eight air extractors.
Repeated power cuts and several fires originating in electrical connections in recent months, combined with reports of a strong smell of marijuana in the air, alerted the authorities to the possible existence of an illegal cannabis plantation.
Surveillance of the area led to the discovery of a property on which the front had been modified to put up air-conditioning units which were hidden by blinds. Police reported there was clearly a sophisticated air filtration and extra cooling system, along with video surveillance and an alarm activated 24 hours a day.
Investigations also revealed the detainee had another indoor plantation is a nearby property on the Sierra Alhamilla road.