Albanian clan running industrial cannabis operation in Spain busted

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

An organized criminal network composed mainly of Albanian-speaking criminals, suspected of illegally trafficking drugs, was busted on July 13, Europol reported today. 107 persons were arrested in an operation, which involved law enforcement authorities in Spain, Germany and Albania.

The clan allegedly managed cannabis plantations in Spain where they cultivated and processed marijuana. They then trafficked it to other European countries for further distribution. This group was hierarchically structured, with branches operating internationally. Some of its members arrested have a history of drug trafficking in different countries.

The criminals were diverting the electricity supply to illegally cultivate the plants indoors. It is estimated that the stolen electricity amounts to over €1.6 million in lost utility revenue.

Some 400 police officers on the ground carried out simultaneous raids in 42 different locations in Spain (Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona and Castellón). An additional 9 searches were carried out a few days later.

These resulted in the arrest of 107 individuals, including Albanian, Spanish, Slovak and Greek nationals;  51 cannabis farms uncovered; 25 000 cannabis plants seized; €70 000 in cash; and two high end vehicles seized.

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