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Arona police warn young people over drug possession after new seizures 

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Police in Arona are stepping up their controls against drug consumption and possession in the municipality, especially amongst the young.

They are reinforcing patrols around schools, leisure centres and other public places and have already detected several offences whilst out and about in Guaza, La Camella and Playa de Las Américas.

A number of young people aged between 14 and 18 were caught with drugs and the appropriate action will be taken against them.

The seizures were made during a special operation over a Saturday afternoon and night.

The youngsters in question were taken back to their homes and interviewed in the presence of their parents or guardians who, under the law, are also legally responsible for their actions.

In one case, more than 100 grams of hashish was seized from a young man and this case has been transferred to the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

This detection took place after police intercepted a vehicle which was driving in the wrong direction in La Camella. The drugs were found in a number of packages concealed in the man’s underwear. The other three minor were caught in a leisure area at dawn and had small amounts of hashish and marijuana. In addition, police found several batches of abandoned hashish near the main square of Guaza. Its ownership could not be esta-blished.

A spokesman for Arona council said: “The Arona Local Police has increased drug control among minors in the municipality, not only through the reinforcement in schools for the new school year and collaboration with state security forces and bodies, but also in public roads and leisure areas through the work of the Canine Unit (UCPP).”

It is also being pointed out that juveniles found in possession of drugs in public places can be suspended from school and be required to undergo treatment or rehabi-litation, if necessary, or re-education activities.