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Police dog sniffs marijuana hidden in planters 

A police dog has dug up 73 doses of marijuana buried in planters in and around the Verónicas complex in Playa de las Americas.

The seizure was part of an ongoing drugs operations in the south of Tenerife which included finding 16 joints hidden inside a suitcase on the Los Cristianos seafront.

One person was arrested for possession of drugs in the same area whilst three others were caught near Los Cristianos bus station.

The police dog, Dana, dug up the marijuana from the planters in eight different locations, said the police. The drug was packaged up and ready for sale.

The operation was carried out by the Canine Unit of the Arona Local Police (UCPP), in collaboration with the Police Prevention Unit (UPP).

Both have warned that drug checks are being stepped up, with increased controls.

An investigation is under-way to try and find the owners of the hidden marijuana, presumed to be drug pushers.

Arona’s security councillor Carolina Reverón said special attention was being paid to catcher those who sold drugs in the area. “The idea is to maintain the pressure not only in leisure spots, but also in different areas, such as El Fraile, Costa del Silencio and Los Cristianos in order to minimise, as far as possible, this type of activity,” she said.

The operation will continue to involve the canine unit and the police dog Dana.

Further arrests are likely relating to the Verónicas find.