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A major network of marijuana farms has been broken up by the Guardia Civil, consisting of 54,000 mature plants being grown in Alicante, Murcia and Almeria.

11 arrests were made in several towns including the Alicante municipalities of San Juan, Elda, Denia, Campello and Petrer. The operation dated back to September 2017 when a number of farms were raided in Almeria. The Guardia made arrests but had reason to believe these were part of a larger network, which triggered the current investigation.

The latest farms were all well away from urban areas and some hid their true purpose by planting tomatoes and other legitimate crops with the marijuana hidden behind them. As well as the plants the police found 71 kilos of hashish, 2.5 kilos of ecstasy, six vehicles used for delivery and a starter gun as well as various electronic goods.

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