Spanish police announced last weekend that they had completed the largest international cannabis seizure.
Guardia Civil announced on Saturday that it had dismantled an organization that stored more than 32 tons of sprouts across the nations of Toledo, Ciudad Real, Valencia and Asturias.
The raid was known as “Operation Jardine”.
“The Civil Guard has seized the largest cache of packaged marijuana ever discovered. The Jardines operation ended with the seizure of 32,370.2 kilograms of marijuana buds. It is also the largest seizure of this material in terms of the full factory equivalent, which amounts to about 1,100,000 copies,” police said.
or, as the BBC said“The weight of the seized plants is equivalent to more than five adult African elephants.”
Police said, “Through a complex business network, [the suspects] We have shipped vacuum-packed marijuana all over the country, including Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Belgium and other European countries. ”
“Twenty detainees, nine males and 11 females, between the ages of 20 and 59, are part of an organization with offices in Toledo, Ciudad Real, Valencia and Asturias, which controls the entire drug production and distribution process. under control,” police said. announcement on Saturday. “The investigation began with an inspection by the Civil Guard against several industrial hemp plantations in Villacañas (Toledo). transported and planted them, another company was responsible for the care, maintenance, collection and drying of the specimens.”
“In the end, the first company was responsible for obtaining plants with already dried buds and storing them in two warehouses located in the province of Valencia,” they continued. We send them in various formats both to places within Spanish territory and to European countries, mainly Switzerland, Holland, Germany and Belgium. ”
A subsequent raid last month took place in Ciudad Real, police said, and Toledo investigators eventually found “about 37,000 plants in the process of drying, distributed among four greenhouses.”
“Three people were arrested at the time of the performance. On board, Civil Guard found several tons of marijuana stab wounds. All goods were destined for two warehouses in Valencia,” they explained. . “In this last province, the Civil Guard intervened with 30,530 kilograms of buds, 20 kilograms of pollen (all vacuum-packed), 21,600 plants in drying, and 231,200 packs of marijuana buds. Documents have also been found certifying the existence of machines for processing, elaboration and packaging, highlighting two machines for pollen extraction in particular.Fifteen people have been arrested in this record.”
“Finally, the third and final stage of exploitation consists of new tests in Asturias. Analysis of the plants there also tested positive for psychoactivity. 4000 strains. was seized and two shares were arrested,” the police added.
In June, Spanish lawmakers approved measures to make medical cannabis available by the end of the year.
Patients with cancer, pain, endometriosis, fibromyalgia and epilepsy can receive prescriptions, and experts say hundreds of thousands of people in Spain could benefit from the treatment. I’m guessing.