3 floors of weed: Spanish police bust ‘abandoned hotel’
The cozy resort of Pineda de Mar is some 40 miles north of Barcelona, and is a stunningly picturesque slice of heaven on the Mediterranean coast.
The entire Catalan hotel on the old Marina Beach near the railway had been repurposed as a grow house, El Punt Avui reports.
“The group was preparing other rooms on other floors to increase the area of cultivation,” according to a police statement.
The raid on Wednesday unearthed marijuana plants in various stages of growth, lining three out of five of the building’s floors, a police statement said. The combined operation between local and regional police also seized a quantity of weed paraphernalia – fans, lamps, fertilizer, humidification systems and so on.
Operación policial antidroga en la localidad de Pineda de Mar en el antiguo hotel Marina Beach. Dispositivo policial formado por agentes del Àrea Regional de Recursos Operatius (ARRO) de mossos d'esquadra y agentes de Policía Local de Pineda de Mar #ARRO #mossos #mossosdesquadra #policia #police #polizia #polizei #policespain #spainpolice #instapolice #redshoulder #pinedademar #policialocal #thinblueline #hk #hkump #HecklerAndKoch #safariland #somosARRO #antidroga Más info: http://www.radiopineda.cat/ca/front/noticies/detall/id/9288
The operation lasted until early afternoon, as the police had to make three whole runs from the crime scene, transporting the plants in truckloads.
Two Russian women, aged 27 and 34, and two Spanish men, 34 and 63, were detained on suspicion of operating the grow house.
The value of the current bust was not immediately clear, but another Barcelona raid on Tuesday led to the dismantling of a plantation containing 756 plants. The approximate yield there would have been 450kg, with a street value estimated at €2.2 million.