Menorca ‘club drugs’ labs could have caused explosion

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RISK: The Guardia said most of the products they found were “very dangerous.” CREDIT: Guardia Civil

TWO laboratories illegally producing synthetic drugs in Spanish holiday island Menorca could have caused an explosion, according to Guardia Civil.

One of the labs was located in an isolated house in Alaior. The Guardia dismantled the set-up, while further investigations led to the identification of the individual responsible for making and distributing the drugs.

It turned out he had a second lab located in Ciutadella.

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The labs were kitted out with all manner of the kinds of tools and products found in a chemical factory, the Guardia reported.

Among the items they seized during “Operation Erlenmeyer” were test tubes, flasks and funnels. They also found products like acetone, chloric acid, ether and chloroform.

The Guardia classified the majority of the products as “very dangerous” pointing out “the incorrect use and without sufficient safety measures could produce an explosion.”


What’s more, they said, “the trafficker had very precarious production conditions, which could have caused damage to persons of adjacent properties.

Investigators believe the suspect sold the drugs coming out of the labs via social media, sending orders through delivery companies.

So far the Guardia has identified mailings of over 500 batches of drugs to locations all over Spain, but said this figure could increase as the investigation is ongoing.


Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

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