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Police arrest five in cannabis crackdowns

by Carrie-Marie Bratley, in Algarve · 12-09-2013 11:08:00 · 2 Comments

Five people have been arrested in less than a month after police swooped on rural marijuana plantations in the Algarve, two of which were in Monchique.

Police arrest five in cannabis crackdowns

Last Friday (5 September) GNR investigators in Portimão detained a 45-year-old Portuguese man who was wanted for drug trafficking after they came across a number of cannabis plants in a rural location believed to belong to the suspect.
After putting surveillance on the spot in Guenos (north of Portimão), police were able to catch the proprietor watering and treating the plants.
Thirteen cannabis plants, some measuring up to two metres in height and weighing 11 kilos each, were seized from the location.
Last Wednesday (4 September), GNR police officers from São Brás de Alportel detained a 63-year-old citizen who was also already on police records for drug-trafficking.
The arrest was made after a police patrol vehicle doing its rounds spotted the suspect watering his cannabis plants.
As a result, 108 grams of dried, ready-for-consumption cannabis was seized as well as nine grams of cannabis seeds.
A further 15, fully-grown plants, each measuring 1.20m, were also confiscated.
In a separate incident that took place on the same day, police in Monchique arrested a 45-year-old suspect who was also wanted for drug trafficking.
He was detained as officers conducted forest patrols; a routine that is intensified at this time of year because of forest fires. During these rounds officers spotted the cannabis plantation in Fojo, Monchique.
The man who was arrested, lived on the property where the plants were being grown.
A total of 16 mature plants, each measuring 1.20m and weighing approximately 11 kilos, were confiscated.
This is the second cannabis-growing-related arrest in the past month to take place in Monchique; two citizens were detained by police on 27 August for the same crime.
The men, Portuguese nationals, a father and son aged 70 and 43, were arrested after police came across their plantation in Bica, Monchique.
In that case 15 plants were seized, measuring around 1.20m and weighing 10 kilos.
Police say more cannabis-related busts are being made at the moment as the present weather conditions are at their best for the plants’ development.

Comments

Waste of time and resources when real criminals are around.
by ed from Algarve on 14-09-2013 03:19:00
Portugal needs to legalize and tax the sale of cannabis. It would be a great source of much needed revenue. Of course the IMF doesn't want that, and since Portugal is no longer a sovereign state it probably will never happen.
by TTG from UK on 14-09-2013 10:02:00

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