The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, within the framework of the services established to prevent and pursue drug trafficking, has carried out an investigation that has led to the dismantling of a criminal group dedicated to drug trafficking in the town of Los Nietos, in the municipality of Cartagena (Murcia).
The group had a marijuana ‘nursery’, a term used in police jargon to refer to the place where the drug is hidden until it is put into circulation, according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.
In the operation, the Civil Guards arrested the three members of this criminal group as alleged perpetrators of the offences of belonging to a criminal group and against public health, for drug trafficking. In the search of a home in Los Nietos, around 200 kilos of vacuum-packed marijuana, cash and a high-end vehicle were seized.
The proceedings began a few weeks ago, when members of the Benemérita’s Citizen Security Prevention Unit obtained several indications of illegal activity related to large-scale drug trafficking in the municipality of Cartagena.
The civil guards began the corresponding investigation to verify the facts and clarify them. The first steps of the operation led investigators to a property in Los Nietos that could be being used as a marijuana ‘nursery’.
The Guardia Civil set up a discreet surveillance plan on the property in which several people were detected who, very sporadically and posing as tourists, made intermittent use of the property. In addition, several pieces of evidence were obtained in situ that corroborated the initial suspicions.
During one of the surveillance operations, it was observed how the three suspects were moving a large number of packing boxes, so the civil guards inspected the inside of them and found a multitude of airtight bags containing a large quantity of marijuana buds ready for distribution.
Then, following judicial authorisation, the Guardia Civil entered and searched the house, where they found another stash of marijuana packaged for transport, as well as some of the elements typical of indoor plantations, such as ozone filters, aerothermics and high-voltage lights. These elements and a video recording system that was still in its packaging suggest that the property was only intended for the storage and concealment of drugs.
During the search, the investigators also seized other elements linked to the illicit activity related to drug trafficking, such as precision scales, transport bags and a certain amount of cash, as well as a powerful high-end vehicle used by the detainees.
The search culminated in the arrest of the three suspects, as alleged perpetrators of the crime of belonging to a criminal group and against public health, for drug trafficking; who, together with the seized drugs, the seized effects and the proceedings, have been placed at the disposal of the Court of Instruction of Cartagena (Murcia), which has ordered the three detainees to be remanded in prison.