According to police, the Spanish Civil Guard seized the largest haul of cannabis ever found in a series of anti-drug raids across the country.
“The Civil Guard has seized the largest cache of packaged marijuana found to date,” the Spanish Civil Guard said in a Spanish-language press release. “Operation Jardines has concluded with the seizure of 32,370.2 kilograms of marijuana buds, the largest seizure of this substance, not only in Spain, but also internationally.”
Police said 20 people were detained, all of whom were part of a larger organization that controlled drug production and distribution. The organization is said to have offices in Toledo, Ciudad Real, Valencia and Asturias.
The organization transported the vacuum-packed drug throughout Spain and other European countries, such as Switzerland, Holland, Germany and Belgium.
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The press release specifies that the investigation began when the Civil Guard began to inspect several industrial hemp plantations in Villacañas (Toledo). The main people involved in the investigation were owners of a company through which they acquired the hemp seeds, while a second entity transported and planted them, according to the press release.
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Later, the agents discovered 37,000 plants distributed in four greenhouses during a second inspection in October in Almagro (Ciudad Real). Three people at the scene were arrested. The Civil Guard also found four tons of cannabis stored on board a ship that was heading to two warehouses in Valencia.
The Civil Guard achieved “30,530 kilos of buds, 20 kilos of pollen -all vacuum packed-, 21,600 plants in the drying process and 231,200 packages of marijuana buds” in the final province. Police reported finding documentation confirming the operation of other plantations that were also involved in cannabis production.
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Fox News Digital contacted the Spanish Civil Guard for additional comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.