Spanish police said Friday they seized more than 55 tons of marijuana, the largest amount of the drug ever seized in the country and weighing more than a full-grown humpback whale.
Eight farms have been dismantled in the northeastern region of Catalonia and 20 people have been detained on suspicion of electricity fraud and crimes against public health, police said in a statement.
All the farms were disguised as supposedly legal hemp plantations and registered as the property of a commercial company and located among other warehouses with legal industrial activity.
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In total, the agents seized 57 tons of marijuana, with more than 187,000 plants and 19 tons of buds between June and October.
In another raid earlier this month, Spain announced that it had seized 35 tons of marijuana, which set a record at the time.
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In June, the Spanish Tax Agency said, referring to another drug operation, that cannabis was worth “between $2,374.43 and $2,580.90 per kilo.”
At that rate, 55 tons could have a total estimated value that could reach $129 million.