According to police, the Spanish Civil Guard has seized the largest shipment of cannabis ever found during a series of drug raids across the country.
“The Civil Guard has seized the largest packaged marijuana deposit found so far,” the Spanish Civil Guard said in a press release in Spanish. “The Jardines operation ended with the seizure of 32,370.2 kilograms of marijuana buds, the largest seizure of this substance, not only in Spain, but also internationally”.
Police said twenty people were detained, all part of a larger organization that controlled the production and distribution of drugs. The organization is said to have offices in Toledo, Ciudad Real, Valencia and Asturias.
The organization transported the vacuum-packed drug throughout Spain and other European countries, including Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
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The press release states that the investigation began when the Civil Guard began inspecting several industrial hemp plantations in Villacañas (Toledo). The main people involved in the investigation owned a company through which they bought the hemp seeds, while a second entity transported and planted them, according to the press release.
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The agents then discovered 37,000 plants spread across four greenhouses during a second inspection in October in Almagro (Ciudad Real). Three people present at the scene were arrested. The Civil Guard also found four tons of cannabis stored aboard a ship en route to two warehouses in Valencia.
The Civil Guard reached “30,530 kilos of buds, 20 kilos of pollen – all vacuum packed – 21,600 plants being dried and 231,200 packs of marijuana buds” in the last province. Police reported that they found documentation confirming the trend of other plantations also involved in cannabis production.
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