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Police in Spain discover huge weed plantation hidden in pine forests of Aragon

Spanish police have arrested six people and seized 16,000 marijuana plants hidden within pine forests in remote Aragon.

Police in Spain discover huge weed plantation hidden in pine forests of Aragon
It was the biggest marijuana bust ever seen in Aragon. Photo: Policia / Ministerio Interior

Officers made the startling discovery of plantations that would have produced 3,500 of cannabis, after tracking a gang of Albanian robbers deep into forests within two remote corners of the northeastern region.

Members of the gang were under surveillance after a spate of thefts from bars and petrol stations between Zaragoza and Huesca.

They led police to two massive plantations, one near Agüero in Huesca province and the other near Murillo de Gállego closer to Zaragoza which could only be reached by offroad vehicles on  a 30 minute track through the forest and a further half an hour walk along narrow paths.

 “The gang had chopped down large areas of pine trees to maximise the amount of space for growing marijuana,” police said in a statement issued on Monday.

Police said the sites were guarded day and night and serviced by a sophisticated irrigation system.

“They adapted gullies to store water, which was then fed to the plantations using pumps, hoses and electrical generators.”

“Their permanent vigils, together with a perfect knowledge of the forests in which they lived, made the investigation on the ground enormously difficult,” continued the statement.

Over a period of seven months, some 70 officers investigated what they dubbed Operation Copitos resulting in “ the complete dismantling of the six-person gang and the seizure of 16,000 plants weighing a total of 3.5 tonnes,” said the statement.

“It is the biggest seizure to date of marijuana in Aragón.”

READ MORE: Rooftop weed plantation revealed during Spain's La Vuelta cycle

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Spain’s Civil Guard police officers allowed to have visible tattoos

Spain on Monday relaxed its policy banning officers from the country's oldest police force, the Guardia Civil, from exhibiting tattoos.

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The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use. Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Officers will now be allowed to display tattoos anywhere on their bodies “as long as they do not contain expressions that violate constitutional values or harm the discipline or image of the force,” the interior minister said in a statement.

“For the first time visible tattoos will be allowed on uniformed officers,” it added.

On the other hand, the decree prohibits hoop earrings, spikes, plugs and other inserts when they are visible in uniform, “except regular earrings, for both male and female personnel”.

The Guardia Civil mainly patrols and investigates crimes in rural areas, while Spain’s National Police focuses on urban areas.

Last year Spain’s leftist government appointed a woman to head the force for the first time in its 177-year history.

The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use.

Los Angeles police are required to ensure that tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty, while France’s Gendarmes police force also requires that they be covered.

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