The Spanish Civil Guard seizes “the largest marijuana reserve discovered”
The Spanish Civil Guard seized the largest amount of cannabis ever found in a series of drug raids across the country, police say.
“The Civil Guard has seized the largest cache of packaged marijuana found to date,” the Spanish Civil Guard said in a press release in Spanish. “Operation Jardines concluded with the seizure of 32,370.2 kilograms of marijuana buds, the largest seizure of this substance, not only in Spain, but also internationally.”
Police said twenty people were arrested, all of whom were part of a larger organization that controlled drug production and distribution. The organization would have offices in Toledo, Ciudad Real, Valencia and Asturias.
The organization transported the drug under vacuum throughout Spain and other European countries, including Switzerland, Holland, Germany and Belgium.
The press release indicates that the investigation began when the Civil Guard began inspecting several industrial sites hemp plantations in Villacañas (Toledo). The main individuals involved in the investigation owned a company through which they acquired the hemp seeds, while a second entity transported and planted them, according to the statement.
Officers then discovered 37,000 plants spread across four greenhouses during a second inspection in October in Almagro (Ciudad Real). Three individuals on site have been arrested. The Civil Guard also found four tons of cannabis stored on board a ship en route to two warehouses in Valencia.
The Civil Guard reached “30,530 kilos of buds, 20 kilos of pollen – all vacuum packed – 21,600 plants being dried and 231,200 packages of marijuana buds” in the last province. The police reported having found documents confirming the activities of other plantations also involved in the production of cannabis.
Fox News Digital reached out to the Spanish Civil Guard for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.