Brits helped to grow marijuana in secret rooms in luxury villas
Police who raided luxury villas on the Costa del Sol discovered several marijuana plantations hidden in secret rooms.
Twenty-one people, including a number of Brits, were arrested as part of a crackdown on an international drug trafficking gang said to be armed and dangerous.
They were operating from the holiday hotspots of Mijas, Marbella and Estepona and had at least eight guns in their possession as they traded in cocaine and other drugs across Europe.
The 21 arrested also include Spanish, French and Iranian suspects.
Police said part of their operation involved the cultivation of marijuana in secret rooms within luxury villas, carefully concealed behind cupboards and false doors.
Armed officers seized 69,857 euros, 7,855 pounds, five pistols with ammunition in a bedroom, two revolvers, one shotgun, 1,250 marijuana plants, more than 46 kilograms of this drug ready for distribution, 191 grams of cocaine, more than 1,000 doses of anabolic steroids, 70 grams of hashish, 34 gold coins, three gold bullion, gold watches, 17 high-end vehicles, as well as numerous material for cultivation, distribution and sale of the drugs.
“The facilities were guarded with high security measures, not only with video surveillance, but with members of the gang using firearms, who were especially violent, “said a police spokesman.
The gang was found to have a number of false police identification plates and frequently used stolen high end cars.
It is thought the Brits involved had contacts with a well-known sports name, either an individual or a company, which collaborated with steroid buyers in exchange for money.