Police seize 100,000 marijuana plants in Almeria, Cordoba and Barcelona. image: civil guard
Over 100,000 marijuana plants seized by police in anti-drug operation in Almeria, Cordoba and Barcelona
As reported in a press release on Friday April 8, the Guardia Civil arrested five suspected members of a criminal gang dedicated to the cultivation, production, sale and distribution of CBD products. As a result, over 100,000 marijuana plants were seized in Almeria, Cordoba and Barcelona.
Their products came from hemp plantations for non-industrial use, exploited without the corresponding authorization from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS).
“Operation Indalo” ended after the specific intervention of 107,738 cannabis plants, 10,300 cuttings of cannabis plants, 498.95 kilograms of cannabis bites, 908.95 kilograms of cannabis buds, cannabis, 620 grams of hashish, 2,779 CBD productsand 1,447 packs of ready-to-sell buds.
During one of the Guardia Civil’s regular inspections of facilities cultivating industrial aid, they visited one located in the Almeria municipality of El Ejido. It was quickly discovered that he did not have the necessary authorizations.
Hemp cultivation is legal in Spain with the proper authorization
The cultivation of hemp is authorized if it is intended exclusively for industrial purposes, that is to say those whose destination is the production of fibers or seeds. Or, if it has express authorization from the Spanish Medicines Agency for scientific, medical or research purposes.
Two people were first arrested and 64,100 cannabis plants were seized from this farm in El Ejido. Officers pursued the operation and determined that there was a probable relationship with a Barcelona-based CBD product distribution company.
According to the Guardia Civil, this company used an online store for the wholesale and retail sale of buds and other CBD products.
Links were also found between the online store and four cannabis plantations, as well as an industrial warehouse in the province of Cordoba. In these premises, various machines for processing buds and obtaining cannabis resin were confiscated.
After the inspections, the investigators destroyed a room specially equipped for the production of cannabis cuttings, which made it difficult to trace the plants and control the plantations.
As a result of this part of the operation, five people were arrested for the crimes of cultivation and processing of cannabis. A total of 107,738 cannabis plants and other products were seized in eleven raids in the provinces of Almeria, Cordoba and Barcelona.
The minutes, as well as the detainees, were made available to the Court of instruction n°1 of El Ejido.
— Guardia Civil 🇪🇸 (@guardiacivil) April 8, 2022
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