Nine Spaniards arrested as thousands of cannabis plants seized in Andalucia

Inside the greenhouse growing the illegal plants Inside the greenhouse growing the illegal plants Guardia Civil

MORE than 8000 cannabis plants have been seized as Guardia Civil arrest nine Spanish men on the Costa de la Luz.

Operation Libreros began when police were informed of a large greenhouse in a secluded area within the small town of the same name, in Cadiz where the cultivation and drying out of the plants took place.

The area had been rented out for the growing of flowers and vegetables but was instead full of marijuana plants between 1.5 and 2.5 metres in height.

Entry to the greenhouse had been made difficult and efforts had been made to hide its contents from public view with windows and gaps covered by metal plates.

Following initial investigations, police suspicions were confirmed as they recorded a strong smell of weed in the area and proceeded to raid the building.

The thousands of plants had been well cared-for with lighting, ventilation and humidity equipment in place.

Preparation paraphernalia was also discovered such as mesh trays for the drying of buds, shredders as well as weighing and packaging equipment.

Two vehicles and all of the plants were seized as well as two vehicles.

All nine men have been imprisoned without bail following an initial court appearance.

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