The Guardia Civil has uncovered a huge cannabis plantation in Lucainena de las Torres, Almeria.
MORE than 62,000 plants were found in an “advanced state of growth”, according to the force.
Operation Virgil resulted in the arrest of the plantation’s manager on charges against public health.
The director of the Guardia Civil, María Gamez, said growing hemp is allowed exclusively for industrial purposes or with the express permission of Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), when it is intended for scientific, medical or research purposes.
Gamez also revealed details of a second operation in Almeria.
Operation Menthan dismantled an international smuggling ring for hashish and marihuana. It was run by Albanian citizens who operated in the west of Almeria. Nine people were arrested and 400 kilos of hashish that they intended to transport to Italy by road transport was seized. In addition, nine searches have been carried out in Aguadulce and Vicar, where the group operated from.
The investigation has linked them to an international crime organisation with connections to the Italian mafia group “Sacra Corona Unita”.
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