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The Civil Guard seizes more than 2,000 marijuana plants in two villas in Molina de Segura (16/05/2020)

| Double blow to marijuana cultivation | The four members of a family clan have been detained as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of cultivation, processing and drug trafficking, fraud of electricity and membership of a criminal organization. In the first chalet, more than 1,300 cannabis sativa plants have been seized, a long gun and money; and in the second, more than 700 plants and about two kilos of marijuana buds Both houses had an illegal connection to the electricity grid The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has developed the operation 'Antmarmo', an investigation framed in the services of prevention and prosecution of drug trafficking, which has resulted in the disarticulation of a criminal organization, consisting of four members of the same family who allegedly dedicated themselves to the cultivation of cannabis sativa plants that they produced in a hidden greenhouse in a country house in El Romeral-Molina de Segura, where 1,316 cannabis sativa plants, a long weapon, money and numerous have been seized tools for cultivation. In a second home, located a few meters from the first, another indoor greenhouse with 702 cannabis sativa plants has been dismantled, where about two kilos of marijuana buds ready for distribution have also been apprehended.

This second phase of the investigation remains open pending the identification of the people related to this plantation. The operation began last February, when the Civil Guard noticed a strong characteristic smell of marijuana and a possible illegal connection to the electricity network in a country house in El Romeral, Molina de Segura municipality. The Benemérita established numerous surveillance operations, which made it possible to find out the people and vehicles that frequented the house, some of which had records of crimes against public health for drug trafficking. The first line of investigation paid off after verifying that the daily electricity consumption exceeded the average consumption of a family of four by up to eight times, which foreshadowed the existence of a certain indoor marijuana plantation. The indications obtained by the investigators were brought to the attention of the head of the Investigating Court of Molina de Segura (Murcia) who issued the corresponding order to enter and register in the dwelling under investigation. Recently, in a large police device, the Civil Guard carried out the entry and search of the chalet where a greenhouse with more than 1,300 cannabis sativa plants has been found.

The complex system destined for the 'indoor' cultivation of marijuana had air conditioning devices, high intensity and performance heat lamps, as well as timer-controlled irrigation systems, all of the latest generation, which could allow quarterly harvests without interruption.

, which supposes an annual production of around 5,000 plants. The registration culminated in the arrest of four people, three men and one woman, Spanish, aged between 30 and 65 years; and belonging to the same family group as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of cultivation, processing and drug trafficking, fraud of electric power and membership of a criminal organization. On-site and remote monitoring of the plantation The criminal organization now dismantled kept the house guarded both in person with the stay of one of its members inside it and with the installation of a remote video-surveillance system, consisting of six cameras located on the facade of the building, which retransmitted real-time images of the surroundings of the property.

This system allowed alerting of the police presence in the area, as well as of attempts to 'overturn' drugs by rival gangs. The four detainees, the drug seized, the effects seized and the investigative measures have been placed at the disposal of the Court of First Instance and Instruction number 6 of Molina de Segura (Murcia). Second marijuana plantation in a nearby chalet This first phase of the operation allowed the detection of a second home, a few meters from the first, where it was suspected that large quantities of marijuana plants could also be being produced. The following day, in another police device, the Civil Guard carried out the entry and search of this property, where they found a new plantation of cannabis sativa. The basement of the house had been adapted for growing plants by creating panel and insulating rooms, high-power spotlights, air conditioners, and humidifiers.

In the same basement there were drying areas, machinery to separate the buds from the plants and bags for vacuum packaging. The investigation, in this phase of the operation, remains open pending the identification and arrest of the people linked to this second plantation. Until now, the 'Antmarmo' operation, carried out by the Civil Guard in the district of El Romeral de Molina de Segura, has resulted in the dismantling of two marijuana greenhouses, established in two chalets, for the intensive cultivation of sativa cannabis . In both records, the Benemérita has seized more than 2,000 cannabis sativa plants, about two kilos of marijuana buds, a long weapon, money and the necessary supplies for its indoor cultivation. Four people, members of the same family group, have been arrested as alleged perpetrators of the crimes of cultivation, processing and drug trafficking, fraud of electricity and membership of a criminal organization.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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