Five Ali­cante drug-deal­ing hotspots bro­ken up in Oc­to­ber

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GUARDIA Civil of­fi­cers have dis­man­tled rings ded­i­cated to the pro­duc­tion and sale of drugs in Cox, Re­dován, Rafal, Pego and Mon­forte del Cid.

In to­tal, of­fi­cers seized 200 ki­los of mar­i­juana, 767 mar­i­juana plants and 855 magic mush­rooms, val­ued at more than €170,000 on the street.

Five Span­ish men and two women, one Span­ish and the other Cuban, were ar­rested. Cal­losa de Se­gura Guardia Civil were tipped off about mar­i­juana be­ing grown in a house in Cox.

On en­ter­ing and search­ing the prop­erty, they found five two-me­tre-tall mar­i­juana plants on an in­te­rior pa­tio hid­den be­hind a plas­tic cur­tain, and a large amount of buds ready for sale. A 35-year-old Spa­niard was ar­rested. Of­fi­cers in­ter­cepted a van in Re­dován car­ry­ing 320 mar­i­juana plants. On see­ing the of­fi­cers, the driver aban­doned the van and took off on foot.

Hours later, the van owner re­ported it stolen, al­though af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing, of­fi­cers con­cluded that it had been falsely re­ported as stolen, so the owner was ar­rested and ac­cused of two crimes: falsely re­port­ing a theft and cul­ti­vat­ing drugs. Cal­losa de Se­gura Guardia Civil, fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, ob­tained a search war­rant for a home in Rafal.

In­side they found 237 mar­i­juana plants, var­i­ous tubs with buds ready for sale, two coca plants (co­caine), two hash tab- lets and var­i­ous hash sheets, all ready for sale.

Of­fi­cers were sur­prised when their search turned up 855 magic mush­rooms.

A 34-year-old Spa­niard and his 27-year-old part­ner were ar­rested and the man was sent straight to jail.

They were liv­ing on the premises with their two chil­dren. Vergel Guardia Civil no­ticed that many teenagers were car­ry­ing drugs for per­sonal use in a small area of Pego.

They ob­tained a search war­rant for premises they sus­pected were used for the sale of drugs, and seized a kilo of mar­i­juana buds and a dozen plants hung up to dry.

Of­fi­cers also found scales and pack­ag­ing. The value of the drugs on the mar­ket eas­ily reached €6,000.

A 51-year-old Pego res­i­dent was ar­rested. Novelda Guardia Civil dis­cov­ered an in­door mar­i­juana plan­ta­tion in a pri­vate house where a cou­ple - a 35-year-old Spa­niard and a 37year-old Cuban woman - were liv­ing with their 10-year-old and seven-year-old sons and a ninemonth-old baby.

They had con­verted their home into a state-of-the-art mar­i­juana nurs­ery us­ing hy­dro­ponic meth­ods of cul­ti­va­tion, yield­ing crops three to four times a year.

A to­tal of 195 plants were found on the premises, as well as a si­lencer for a gun that was care­fully hid­den away in their garage.

With this amount of mar­i­juana the cou­ple en­joyed a good stan­dard of liv­ing, al­though their home stank of mar­i­juana, and it was a very in­ad­e­quate en­vi­ron­ment for their small chil­dren.

The mar­ket value of the drugs seized came to €36,000.

The cou­ple were ar­rested and ac­cused of cul­ti­vat­ing mar­i­juana.

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