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Former professional footballer arrested during Malaga drug raids

Aranda (centre) after being arrested during 'Operation Oikos’ for alleged match fixing.
Aranda (centre) after being arrested during 'Operation Oikos’ for alleged match fixing. / EFE
  • Carlos Aranda was one of those investigated during Operation Oikos for alleged match fixing

The former Malaga footballer Carlos Aranda has been arrested as part of a Guardia Civil drugs operation to break up a network of alleged marijuana growers, according to the newspaper El Mundo.

Aranda, who played for various First Division teams, has also recently been investigated during the Oikos operation for alleged match-fixing.

The Guardia Civil said, in a statement, that the drugs raids were made after learning of the existence of a network that was growing marijuana in homes in Antequera, Alcaucín and Periana.

The gang had several properties where they could grow hundreds of plants from where they were distributed. The houses had all the infrastructure for the cultivation of plants and were also illegally connected to the electricity supply, according to the Guardia Civil.

In the five searches carried out by the investigators, some 700 marijuana plants were seized, approximately 20,000 euros in cash, as well as six vehicles, computer equipment, mobile phones and various documentation.

A total of five people have been arrested, suspected of crimes against public health, belonging to a criminal organisation, electricity fraud and falsification of documents.

The investigation has been carried out by the Coín branch of Guardía Civil.