YET another indoor drugs plantation has been closed down by police.
This time operation Saksi, jointly run by the Alicante Narcotics Brigade and members of the Crime and Organized Crime Unit (UDYCO), together with the Special Response Group Against Organized Crime (GRECO), has arrested six Albanians,
The detainees, aged from 25 to 45 are accused of belonging to criminal group, crimes against public health (cultivation of narcotic substance) and defrauding electricity. An electrician has also been arrested for allegedly connecting the electricity supply illegally.
Acting on information gathered, the investigators suspected that a large warehouse located between the town of Catral and the district of Mudamiento Orihuela, could be being used as an indoor marihuana plantation.
However, they did not know which one. As there are many warehouses in the area, they had considerable difficulty in finding the correct one, especially as it was tucked away in such a way on an industrial estate that it was easy to pass by without seeing it.
On top of that, the arrested men took extreme security measures to avoid detection and kept a 24-hour watch to try to spot signs of surveillance.
But police finally managed to track doen the suspected plantation, and with the support of troops of the Citizen Security Unit (USECIC) of Torrevieja, raided the warehouse, as well as the home of the suspected ringleader who lives in Catral.
In the interior of the 3,000 sqm unit police found seven rooms, completely equipped with all the necessary electrical equipment to grow marihuana, as well as living quarters for the gang.
Officers found 2,719 planters ready for cultivation and it has been calculated that the production of marijuana would be of hundreds of kilos by harvest.
Police seized a total of 74 kilos of marihuana bite, a bag with 206 grams of marihuana buds, 808 heaters, 31 air conditioning units and 19 air filters.
The arrested have been handed into the custody of a Torrevieja court.
This is the latest in a string of indoor plantations shut down by police in Alicante in recent months, although it counts as one of the biggest.