A drone operated by Spains National Police caught two British Nationals on camera allegedly operating a marijuana plantation in Lorca, Murcia
Agents of the National Police have arrested two British nationals, aged 48 and 62, for an alleged crime against public health committed in Lorca (in the region of Murcia). The men had acquired and converted a farm into a plantation for the production of large amounts of marijuana for the subsequent shipment to the UK.
The investigation, conducted by National Police agents, uncovered a large outdoor marijuana plantation on a rustic farm in the Diputación de la Parroquia de Lorca.
The detainees used the land in an area at the top of a mountain that is difficult to access and surrounded by wooded areas and a boulevard with the “sole interest of using it to develop large-scale plantations,” according to sources from the National Police.
For the production of the drugs on the plantation, the alleged perpetrators leveled the land and felled trees to create the appropriate space away from any populated area and hidden from view thanks to the orographic characteristics of the area.
The National Police’s use of the drone was essential to obtain the exact location, the size of the plantation, and other information that was provided to aid the investigation. Officers also collaborated in the work of protecting the evidence and the final operation to dismantle the plantation.
Everything indicates that the ultimate purpose of the plantation, after being cut and dried, would be its transport to the United Kingdom, where its price on the illicit market reaches double or even triple the value of that in Spain.
The plantation was composed of almost 1,100 plants in their final phase of growth. The arrested men were presented to the Acting Court of Guardia de Lorca to answer the charges against them and for a trial date to be set.