Spanish Police Dismantle Albanian-Run Cannabis Operation
In an operation that led to the arrest of 107 individuals, Spanish, German and Albanian police dismantled a clan-based organized crime network that managed cannabis plantations in Spain and is suspected of drug trafficking.
Authorities uncovered 51 cannabis farms and seized 25,000 plants, over US$80,000 and two “high-end” vehicles.
Members of the network, which was operating internationally and believed to be distributing its product to other European countries, were mostly Albanian-speaking, but also included Spanish, Slovak and Greek nationals.
Authorities also found that the network was illegally diverting electricity to aid their cannabis cultivation; estimating that over $1.8 million worth of electricity was stolen.