Squat drug growers busted

BUSTED: Weed factory in illegal Cuevas squat. Photo credit Guardia Civil

GUARDIA CIVIL investigators seized 250 marijuana plants and made one arrest as they swooped on a Cuevas del Almanzora address. Officers also found 2.2 kilograms of prepared marijuana ready for sale.

Police began a stakeout operation on the property after receiving complaints from neighbours about the tell-tale stench of burning weed.

They noted suspicious individuals entering and exiting the building and managed to secure a search permit.

Inside they found a sophisticated growing operation being managed by a local woman, aged 38. Her husband is also now being investigated for complicity.

The couple were occupying the first-floor apartment illegally. They had installed a complete ventilation and artificial lighting system to grow their illicit crop.