Costa del Sol drug smugglers try to beat coronavirus confinement by hiding stash inside TOMATO cans
Drug smugglers on the Costa del Sol have tried to skip the coronavirus confinement rules by hiding a massive stash of cannabis inside hundreds of TOMATO cans.
Police say the gang thought they could mask
their operation under Spain’s State of Emergency order by pretending to be
involved in food deliveries.
The Lithuanians were, in fact, trying to send
different narcotic substances both to their own country and neighbouring ones.
“They created a fictitious food company
dedicated to the production and packaging of canned tomatoes, which guaranteed
them – or so they believed – to bypass all the mobility and confinement
restrictions imposed by the authorities, as well as to ensure the shipment of
narcotic drugs Northern Europe by land,” said a police spokesman.
The Lithuanians, resident in Spain, based
their operations at a luxury villa in Mijas where police found a huge marijuana
plantation in the basement. Police seized more than 700 plants during a dawn
The same property was used as a canning
factory for sealing and closing the tomato cans after the drug had been
inserted inside; Previously, they acquired the empty cans and labels of a
totally legal tomato brand unassociated with these activities.
Members of the gang were caught in the act of
loading cans on to a lorry destined for eastern Europe. Three people were
arrested and a fourth detained.
Police also seized cars, a truck, tools and
industrial machinery for packaging, various electronic security equipment of
high economic value – such as frequency inhibitors and security cameras – as
well as numerous computer equipment.