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Spanish police make major marijuana and underwear bust

Spanish police have seized 300 kilos of marijuana and more than 30,000 examples of fake designer underwear following a raid in the Valencian autonomous community.

Spanish police make major marijuana and underwear bust
Part of the warehouses were used to cultivate marijuana. Photo: Policia Nacional

Two people were arrested in the operation in Ontinyent north of Alicante, which also saw a greenhouse equipped for the cultivation of cannabis and a workshop where the underwear was made dismantled.

The investigation started when agents specializing in narcotics noted a series of incidents that suggested the existence of a marijuana cultivation plant inside the industrial warehouses. After confirming that there was a “strong smell of narcotics” as well as indications of people working despite a lack of social security registration, a labour inspection took place alongside a search.

During the search, police agents found a facility “perfectly equipped for the cultivation of marijuana, containing 1,341 plants (the equivalent of 300 kilos), as well as 75 grams of cocaine”, a police statement said. Equipment including more than 100 lamps, humidifiers and ventilation machines were also found.

At a different part of the warehouses, agents discovered 15,600 examples of falsified designer underwear, a further 15,200 that were in the process of being made, and 7,000 photographs and materials for packing the products.

Two men, aged 54 and 31, have been arrested for breaches of public health laws.

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Spain seizes first underwater drug smuggling drones

Spanish police said on Monday they had seized six underwater drones capable of transporting large quantities of drugs from Morocco to Spain and broken up a gang suspected of manufacturing them.

Spain seizes first underwater drug smuggling drones

Officers seized six of the so-called “drone submarines” and arrested eight people in raids carried out in Barcelona and the southern provinces of Málaga and Cádiz, a police statement said.

Police said it was the first time they had seized such devices, which are officially known as unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

They believe the gang made underwater drones “capable of bearing big loads” for use by other criminal organisations.

“These devices could allow drug traffickers to transport large quantities of narcotics remotely across the Strait of Gibraltar,” the statement said.

The drones had up to 12 motors each and a range of 30 kilometres (18 miles).

That is easily enough to manage an underwater crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar separating Spain from Morocco which measures just 15 kilometres (nine miles).

Three of the drones were due to be delivered to a French drug ring to “transport significant amounts of cocaine”, the statement said.

The gang also built false bottoms into vehicles to allow gangs to smuggle drugs, as well as “unmanned semi-submersible vessels” that could carry up to 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) of product.

Their customers included criminal gangs in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain, police said.

Spain’s physical proximity to Morocco, a major hashish producer, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it a key entry point for drugs bound for Europe.

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