Police And Endesa In Almería And El Ejido Uncover 700 Fraudulent Electricity Connections

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Police And Endesa In Almería And El Ejido Uncover 700 Fraudulent Electricity Connections
Police And Endesa In Almería And El Ejido Uncover 700 Fraudulent Electricity Connections. image: policia nacional

POLICE And Endesa Joint Operations In Almería And El Ejido Uncover 700 Fraudulent Electricity Connections

During the first quarter of 2021, the National Police of Almería and El Ejido, in a joint effort involving the electricity provider, Endesa, has uncovered almost 700 illegal and fraudulent electricity connections in properties in the region.

It is known by these two entities that the cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana indoors needs light, temperature and humidity conditions for their proliferation that can only be achieved artificially, and the criminals involved in this activity are usually found to be connecting illegally to existing electricity lines in order to get a free supply to power the large amount of heating and lighting needed.

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Properties with illegal connections can overload the supply lines by pulling too much power from the grid, and in some cases, it can prove very dangerous, with some properties know to have had fires as the result of an overload.

Between January and March 2021, officers from the Almería National Police conducted 40 house searches, concentrated mainly in the neighborhoods of Pescadería, Quemadero, Almendros, Puche, or Torrecárdenas, while officers from El Ejido carried out 6 searches, mostly in Pampanico, Las Norias, or the Llanos de Vícar.

A total of 95 officers took part in the anti-fraud operations, accompanied by technicians from Endesa, with 685 illegal connections being found, and all searches are the result of a preliminary extensive investigation by the police.
Every search is accompanied by a judicial order issued by the Administration of Justice, to enable the officers to legally enter any property they suspect of carrying out a criminal or illegal activity, as reported by diariodealmeria.es.

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Chris King
Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sang and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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