Drug net­work dis­man­tled

Guardia swoop on cannabis clubs in Benissa, Calpe, Dé­nia and Jávea

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jo Pugh jpugh@cb­news.es

The Guardia Civil car­ried out three sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­cently which cul­mi­nated with the dis­man­tling of sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions.

THE GUARDIA civil car­ried out three sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions over the past two months, which cul­mi­nated with the dis­man­tling of sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions who al­legedly traf­ficked mar­i­juana and hashish, un­der the name of ‘As­so­ci­a­tions Cannabis’

he op­er­a­tions, led re­spec­tively by agents of the Guardia Civil of Benissa, Calpe and Jávea, be­gan when com­plaints be­gan to be re­ceived from res­i­dents liv­ing close to the as­so­ci­a­tions, who de­tected strong smells of mar­i­juana. The res­i­dents also started to worry that chil­dren could be­come in­volved in drug mis­use. In the first op­er­a­tion led by Benissa Guardia Civil, four Span­ish men were ar­rested, aged between 32 and 36 years old. Two broth­ers were the main lead­ers of the group.

They cre­ated an as­so­ci­a­tion with two stores, one in Denia and an­other in Benissa, for the dis­tri­bu­tion and sale of the drugs, mainly mar­i­juana.

They had rented a house in the name of a third party in

Pego, where they cul­ti­vated 400 mar­i­juana plants. The home­owner was left with a €5,000 bill for elec­tric­ity. Elec­tri­cians and gar­den­ers, who also worked as se­cu­rity guards, par­tic­i­pated in the as­sem­bly of this plan­ta­tion. They were also armed.

Four homes were raided in Denia, Pe­dreguer, Be­niar­beig and Pego, here of­fi­cers seized 12kg of mar­i­juana buds ready pre­pared for sale, 1kg of hashish pollen, 300g of hashish and €2,000 in cash. The sec­ond op­er­a­tion, led by Calpe Guardia Civil of­fi­cers, cul­mi­nated in the ar­rests in Calpe and Mo­raira, of 7 men (6 Spa­niards and 1 Colom­bian) and 2 women (1 Span­ish and 1 Moroc­can), aged between 19 and 40 years old.

In this case, the main cul­prit was a 28-year-old Span­ish man, who cre­ated the or­gan­i­sa­tion to sup­pos­edly profit from the sale of mar­i­juana and hashish. He had hired three peo­ple as em­ploy­ees, who dis­trib­uted the drugs to their clients, and had an ac­coun­tant who pre­pared the list of prices for the sale of

drugs to the pub­lic.

The raids oc­curred at four homes in Calpe and one in Mo­raira. They re­sulted in the seizure of €31,700 eu­ros, 2kg of mar­i­juana, 650g of hashish, 1,000 mar­i­juana seeds, 1 hy­draulic press and a com­pres­sor. This last swoop was car­ried out at the premises of two Jávea as­so­ci­a­tions. The de­tainees in this in­stance were a 55-year-old Dutch man and a 27-year-old Bri­tish woman. Here, 3kgs, di­vided into 1,075 bags of 2g or 3g pre­pared for dis­tri­bu­tion, were

seized. 760 cigars and €530 were also found.

The other two peo­ple ar­rested, in a sec­ond as­so­ci­a­tion, were two men, Spa­niards of 33 and 21 years of age, who served as trea­surer and worker.

The drugs seized in this raid were been 21g of hashish, 67g of hashish pollen, 13g of hashish oil, 3ml of hashish oil, €70 in cash, ma­te­rial for weigh­ing etc.

They were all taken to court and re­leased pend­ing a fur­ther hear­ing.

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