Five Alicante drug-dealing hotspots broken up in October
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.
Police officers inspecting Monforte drug plantation