The Spanish garden, a change in customs in illegal cannabis trafficking
Cannabis production in Spain has increased dramatically in recent years with over 300 plants seized in 000. Marijuana “labs” (farms) are believed to be operated by organized groups who wish to export to northern Europe. Thus, recent police actions reveal a growing number of illegal cannabis exports, “on the ground”. It is no longer the “hash” that we “export”, but the plant itself ...
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They called her “the president”. She runs a successful business in the seaside town of Marbella on the southern coast of Spain. Francisca Pérez, 50, is said to have set up three marijuana “labs” in three separate townhouses in the same luxury Aloha Village Lake estate. Spanish police seized 1.225 cannabis plants and five loaded pistols. This operation in July 2016 was one of the many Spanish policies launched in recent years.
“We are dismantling the marihuana labs every week,” a police officer who wanted to remain anonymous told Euronews. “Organized groups can rent different chalets, apartments and warehouses or hide the plants in the middle of the cornfields”.
Spain has long been considered the entry point to Europe for cannabis resin, also known as hashish (or shit), from Morocco. But now Spain is also increasing its own production of marijuana to meet local and external demand. Seizures of cannabis plants increased by 53,6% between 2013 and 2014 and 40,3% are expected for next year.
“Gangs are moving into the cannabis business because it is incredibly profitable. Prices range from five to 25 euros per gram and the penalties are much lower than other drugs. Because each plantation is relatively small in size, when we stop them they are quickly released, ”he argued.
Spanish police recovered 379.846 plants in 2015, an amount only exceeded by the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, according to new data published by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).
Recent police actions reveal an increasing number of cannabis exports from Spain to Europe, but this time based on plants. In March 2017, police dismantled a Dutch group in southern Spain in possession of 5 plants intended for export to Europe, primarily Belgium and the Netherlands. In the same month, two people were arrested for sending 000 kilograms of cultivated marijuana to Alicante on the east coast of Spain, Italy.
“Cannabis resin has always been a very abundant product in Spain, as in France or Italy, and this is also the case now for weed, which is more common than cannabis resin. In this sense, Spain is part of a general European trend, ”Laurent Laniel, scientific analyst for drug supply reduction at the EMCDDA, told Euronews Lisbon.
In May of this year, police seized 1 marijuana plants from four plantations. The cannabis was concealed in marble boxes and wrapped. All transported by trucks destined for Liverpool. In January, 646 Chinese nationals were arrested with 14 kilograms of grass intended for export to Glasgow. And earlier in December, another gang in Valencia was cornered sending marijuana stashed in vegetable shipments to Poland and Germany.
There is a whole range of players in cannabis production (in Spain) as in the rest of Europe. Small growers grow for themselves and their friends, but most of the plants seized come from commercial plantations !! Belonging to people who are organized criminals according to the EMCDDA report.
“As a result of the previous trend, Europe is becoming a bigger producer of cannabis than it once was. The growth of cannabis is becoming a business in many countries. And Spain, it seems, is certainly one of those that has recently been caught up in this movement very strongly ”.
It seems that Spain is a particular target for these organizations but it is not the only one… The production is exported outside Spain and sold on the black market in France, in the United Kingdom, and possibly in Sweden … Finally, depending on the Country in which these organizations are interested… It is high time that Home Grow invests in European daily life. This would put a definitive end to all activities currently blackening the image of cannabis.