POLICE arrested five men and a woman in parallel operations to uncover illegal marijuana cultivation activities.
In the first operation, several months of investigations into a criminal organisation using at least five properties for indoor plantations culminated in simultaneous raids on several places in Alquian, Viator and Retamar.
Searches of the properties led to the discovery of nearly 900 marijuana plants, just under 150 marijuana shoots, €845 in cash, six top-of-the-range vehicles, electricity transformers, ventilators, extractor fans, air filters, scales and two vacuum packing machines.
The three Romanian nationals arrested as part of the operations were also charged with defrauding the power supply: the property had a number of illegal electricity connections and no meter.
At the same time, a married couple and their 35-year old son were arrested for growing marijuana inside their home in a second police operation in the Piedras Redondas area of Almeria city.
Officers found 132 plants, plus the usual kinds of plantation accessories, like lamps and extractors. Again, there was an unauthorised hook up to the power network, which has been dismantled by technicians from the electricity company.