Mu­si­cal mar­i­juana

An in­ter­na­tional drug gang has been busted by the Guardia Civil with the sup­port of Europol in Al­moradí, San Miguel de Sali­nas and Elche. They played clas­si­cal tunes to en­cour­age mar­i­juana plants to grow, ac­cord­ing to the Guardia Civil.

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Front Page - By Nuria Pérez nperez@cb­news.es

AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL drug gang has been busted by the Guardia Civil with the sup­port of Europol in Al­moradí, San Miguel de Sali­nas and Elche.

The sus­pects ar­rested are two Swedish na­tion­als aged 40 and 55, two Spa­niards aged 36 and 46 and a Ger­man aged 35.

The gang spe­cialised in grow­ing mar­i­juana via an in­no­va­tive sys­tem.

A Guardia Civil spokesman said the gang rented iso­lated houses and in­dus­trial premises in Al­moradí, Elche and San Miguel de Sali­nas and turned the prop­er­ties into fully au­ton­o­mous plan­ta­tions where clas­si­cal mu­sic was played 24 hours a day. Ac­cord­ing to the spokesman, the mu­sic was sup­posed to im­prove the qual­ity of the plants and help them grow faster.

The gang was al­legedly led by one of the Swedish mem­bers, who lived in a lux­ury villa in Elche val­ued at €1 mil­lion. Ac­cord­ing to the spokesman, he had been mem­ber of a vi­o­lent drug gang based in Madrid sev­eral years ago and was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Swedish po­lice for money laun­der­ing and drug deal­ing.

He used sev­eral front com­pa­nies in Spain and Swe­den to rent the premises for around €3,000 a month to grow the mar­i­huana and laun­der money at the same time.

How­ever, the front com­pa­nies were the main ev­i­dence the of­fi­cers used to track and mon­i­tor him.

The Guardia Civil re­vealed that the gang grew up to four crops a year and their an­nual prof­its amounted to around €320,000.

Five raids were car­ried out in Elche, Cre­vil­lente, Aspe, Al­moradí and San Miguel de Sali­nas by the Guardia Civil, who seized 2,000 mar­i­juana plants in three dif­fer­ent premises, 33 ki­los of packed mar­i­juana, 10 grams of co­caine, €11,000 in cash, four lux­ury cars, two mo­tor­bikes and a shot­gun with a si­lencer.

They have all been charged with of­fences in­clud­ing crimes against pub­lic health and drug deal­ing, money laun­der­ing, doc­u­ment forgery and as­set strip­ping and were re­manded in cus­tody with­out bail.

One of the vil­las which was raided

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