‘Greenland operation’ leads to 26 arrests

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Russian Arrested In Connection With Alicante Marijuana Operation
CREDIT: Guardia Civil

Police have arrested 26 people in connection with the cultivation of marijuana in the Antequera region.

AS part of the ‘Greenland Operation’ officers recovered more than 1,600 marijuana plants and 33 kilos of ‘buds’ prepared for sale.

The 26 detainees and two others under investigation are accused of crimes against public health, belonging to a criminal organisation, money laundering and fraud.

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The suspects are believed to be part of five criminal organisations involved in the cultivation and manufacture of drugs in the Antequera region, which owned numerous plantations inside homes, in orchards and outdoor farms.

During 15 searches, police also recovered a large quantity of Ritrovil tablets.

Ritrovil is a benzodiazepine substance mixed with hashish which is used to develop a novel drug known as Karbuki, widely used in Morocco where it is called the “drug of the poor”.


This drug produces devastating effects on users, but it has become popular because it is low cost and produces long-lasting hallucinogenic effects.


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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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