Couple arrested in Cartagena (Murcia) for having a marijuana greenhouse in their home

Couple arrested in Cartagena (Murcia) for having a marijuana greenhouse in their home
Image of the seized marijuana greenhouse
– SPANISH CIVIL GUARD

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, within the services carried out to prevent and pursue drug trafficking, has developed in Cartagena the operation ‘Fast Weed’, which has resulted in the arrest of two people as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of cultivation or processing of drugs and fraud of electricity.

In the operation, members of the Benemérita’s Judicial Police dismantled a greenhouse inside the home of the detainees that had been set up for the illicit cultivation of marijuana, which, at the time of the search, had more than half a thousand cannabis plants in the final stage of cultivation.

The proceedings began when, during a routine check of the electricity supply installations in Cartagena, technicians detected irregularities in the energy readings and consumption, according to municipal sources in a communiqué.

A detailed analysis of the data led to the location of a house in the port city where, apparently, the cause of the anomalous readings was to be found. From that moment on, the civil guards established the main line of investigation into this property, which could be related to the fraudulent use of electricity.

Initially, the surveillance carried out by the Benemérita did not provide conclusive evidence, as the two residents of the house apparently led a normal life, without raising suspicions of links to criminal offences.

Shortly afterwards, after the insistence of the investigators, suspicions were found that a greenhouse dedicated to the cultivation of marijuana could have been installed inside the property, so, once the necessary evidence had been obtained, the Guardia Civil requested the corresponding warrant for entry and search from the judicial authority.

Over the last few days, the Guardia Civil has carried out the entry and search of the house. On the ground floor of the property, the greenhouse was discovered, equipped with sophisticated lighting, irrigation, heating and ventilation devices, which at that time had a total of 536 marijuana plants in the final stage of cultivation, which were seized along with all the elements that made up the greenhouse.

The inhabitants of the house were arrested as alleged perpetrators of the offences of cultivation or preparation of drugs and fraudulent use of electricity.

Those arrested had allegedly installed a complex irrigation system with phytosanitary products to achieve rapid growth of the plants. The dismantled greenhouse had a ventilation system to disguise the characteristic smell of this type of crop. In addition, it was verified that the entire installation had an illegal connection to the electricity grid.

The investigation revealed that the detainees had installations and devices that allowed them to produce several thousand plants per year.

The detainees, the seized drugs, the seized effects and the proceedings have been handed over to the Magistrate’s Court of Cartagena (Murcia).

Fourth operation closed for cannabis cultivation in May
Operation Fast Weed is the fourth operation carried out by the Guardia Civil to combat the illicit cultivation of marijuana in the region during the month of May. In addition to this operation, the Guardia Civil has completed the operations ‘Espanto’ in San Javier, ‘Greenbross’ in Abarán and Blanca, and ‘Daskas’ in Murcia and Torre Pacheco.

In the four operations, the Guardia Civil has made more than fifteen arrests and has carried out the entry and search of eight properties in which they have dismantled six indoor greenhouses. In total, around 3,000 marijuana plants have been seized and more than 3,000 grams of this substance in buds have been seized.

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