Spanish police have arrested six folks and seized 16,000 marijuana plants following an investigation into a spate of robberies led officers to two large and sophisticated drug plantations hidden in remote pine forests.
The operation started seven months ago when the national police force discovered that an Albanian gang had been stealing cigarette vending machines from bars and petrol stations in the north-eastern area of Aragón.
Officers found that the very same gang was also expanding marijuana on a enormous scale and had set up camps to retain a continual eye on the crops.
The plantations, deep in the pine forests close to Agüero and Murillo de Gállego in Aragón, could be reached only following a 30-minute drive in a 4×4 automobile and a additional 30 minutes on foot along tough paths.
“The gang had reduce down massive places of pine trees to maximise the quantity of space for expanding marijuana,” police mentioned in a statement.
“They had also adapted gullies to retailer water, which was then fed to the plantations working with pumps, hoses and electrical generators.”
Officers identified the web-sites had been guarded day and evening.
“To do so, the gang had established camps that had every thing required for lengthy stays, like a massive provide of non-perishable goods and even a stone oven,” added the statement.
“Their permanent vigils, collectively with a best understanding of the forests in which they lived, created the investigation on the ground enormously tough.”
The plantations had been raided in September. The force mentioned the tough terrain had meant that 70 officers had been required to carry the plants to the nearest point reachable by 4x4s.
“The operation has observed the total dismantling of the six-particular person gang and the seizure of 16,000 plants weighing a total of three.five tonnes,” mentioned the statement. “It is the greatest seizure to date of marijuana in Aragón.”