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National Police seize 695 marijuana plants in raids on two Vélez-Málaga properties

One of the raided premises in the Axarquía town.
One of the raided premises in the Axarquía town. / SUR
  • Two men have been arrested after power cuts led to the discovery of the plantations

Police have struck another blow to drug trafficking in Malaga province.

National Police officers have dismantled two large marijuana plantations in Vélez-Málaga after regular power cuts in the area led an investigation to them.

Two men aged 41 and 51, both of Spanish nationality, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking and electricity fraud crimes.

The police operation began when officers became aware of constant power outages on calle Tapia de la Cruz. Investigations verified that there were two properties in the street with a double connection to the electricity network. In addition, there was a loud noise from machinery and an odour that gave away the illegal activity that was taking place inside.

As a result of the searches carried out in the two properties, the offices found 495 marijuana plants already in bloom and another 200 plants, collected and dried, ready for packaging and distribution.

Police also discovered ozone filters in the existing air extraction ducts in the plantations that were being used to try to avoid the strong smell of crops being discharged to the outside.