Three arrests for hemp heist from Berja greenhouse

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GROWING PROBLEM: CREDIT: Guardia Civil

THREE people are under arrest for stealing hemp from greenhouse in Berja.

Guardia Civil said the owner of the plantation dedicated to producing industrial hemp surprised three individuals inside the greenhouse robbing part of the crop and loading it into a van.

Both the owner and an employee had to make a getaway when the thieves threatened them with an object, which in the poor light looked as though it could have been a gun.

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Guardia investigators managed to identify the suspected robbers and the vehicle they believe was used in the robbery.

Extensive surveillance of the area led to officers catching the two 35-year old men and a 40-year old woman the following day in the act thieving from the same greenhouse a second time.

The Guardia also reported they are investigating a minor in connection with the crime.


The detainees face charges for robbery with violence and intimidation.

A Berja court ordered that one of the suspects be held in prison without bail.


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.

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