The Spanish authorities have delivered another blow to one of Europe’s biggest cannabis trafficking networks, arresting 20 suspects and seizing 20,000 plants.
The large-scale operation, called ‘Mocy’, led investigators to the south-eastern Spanish community of Valencia, where authorities arrested 20 suspected drug traffickers, including a lieutenant of the network’s leader.
The operation began in September 2019, when the Civil Guard became aware of an organization based in the province of Malaga, which could be transporting large quantities of marijuana, from Andalusia to Poland,” said Civil Guard of Seville in a statement.
“Continuing with the investigations, it was possible to detect the presence of leaders of a Polish organization residing in a luxury urbanization, located in Estepona (Malaga), who could be linked to international drug trafficking.”
In all, 19 suspects are of Bulgarian nationality while one is Spanish. The leader of the Valencia Branch is a Bulgarian national who ran a ‘grow-shop’ selling products related to growing cannabis plants, said police sources.
On his premises, in the town of l’Horta, officers seized 10,000 plants.
In total in Valencia, officers reportedly found 20,000 cannabis plants hidden in industrial warehouses and several chalets. In addition, they located a ton of cannabis buds, €300,000 ($363,070.80) in cash, and high-end vehicles.
The ongoing operation began in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. The investigation has been coordinated with Europol and Eurojust and has resulted in a total of 110 arrests throughout Spain, said sources from the Civil Guard of Seville.