The Guardia Civil has seized the largest cache of packaged marijuana found so far. The Jardines operation has 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. Its equivalence in complete plants would be approximately 1,100,000 copies.
The twenty detainees – nine men and eleven women between the ages of 20 and 59 – were part of an organisation with offices in Toledo, Ciudad Real, Valencia and Asturias, which controlled the entire drug production and distribution process.
The investigation began with an inspection by the Guardia Civil of several industrial hemp plantations in Villacañas (Toledo). The main suspect owned a company with which they acquired the seeds. A second transported and planted them. Another company was in charge of the care, maintenance, collection and drying of the specimens.
Finally, the initial company was in charge of acquiring the already dry plants with the buds and stored them in two warehouses located in the province of Valencia. From there, the detainees processed the genre, separating the buds and vacuum packaging them in different formats to send them both to places in Spanish territory and to European countries, mainly Switzerland, Holland, Germany and Belgium.
The second inspection took place in the town of Almagro (Ciudad Real) during the month of October. Agents from the Toledo UOPJ discovered some 37,000 plants distributed in four greenhouses and in the process of drying. The three people who were at the time of the performance were arrested. In the warehouse, the Guardia Civil also found four tons of marijuana stings stored in several bags. The destination of all the merchandise was the two warehouses in Valencia.
In this last province, the Guardia Civil has intervened 30,530 kilos of buds, 20 kilos of pollen -all vacuum packed-, 21,600 plants in the process of drying and 231,200 packs of marijuana buds. Documentation has also been found that accredited the existence of several more plantations, machinery for processing, elaboration and packaging, highlighting above all two machines for the extraction of pollen. In this search 15 people have been arrested.
Finally, the third and last phase of the exploitation, has consisted of a new inspection in Asturias. The analysis of the plants that were there has also tested positive for psychoactive. 4,000 plants have been seized and two have been arrested.