Hotel with three floors of marijuana raided by Spanish police

Four people arrested over indoor plantation that was being expanded to take up more rooms of disused building on the Mediterranean coast.

4020.jpgPolice found a cannabis plantation taking up three floors of a five-storey disused hotel. (Photograph: Jan Erik Posth/Getty Images)

Spanish police have uncovered hundreds of marijuana plants in a disused hotel on the Mediterranean coast and arrested four people as part of the operation.

Officers raided the hotel in the town of Pineda de Mar, about 40 miles (60km) north of Barcelona, on Wednesday and found marijuana plants in various stages of growth covering three of its five floors, police said.

“The group was preparing other rooms on other floors to increase the area of cultivation,” said a statement.

Police arrested two Russian women, aged 27 and 40, and two Spanish men, aged 34 and 63, from the nearby towns of Blanes and Lloret de Mar on suspicion of running the marijuana growth operation.

The authorities seized 2,491 marijuana plants from the hotel as well as ventilation equipment and air conditioning machines and fertilisers used for growing the plants.

Police estimate the marijuana seized in the raid would have a street value of around €60,000 euros (£47,000/US$67,000).

SOURCE; WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM, BY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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