Spanish police said Friday they have seized more than 55 tons of marijuana, the largest amount of the drug ever seized in the country and weighing more than an adult humpback whale.
Eight farms have been dismantled in the northeastern region of Catalonia and 20 people have been detained on suspicion of electricity fraud and public health offences, police said in a statement.
All plantations were dismantled as supposedly legal hemp farms and registered as owned by a trading company and located among other warehouses with legal industrial activity.
Spain’s Civil Guard seizes “largest stock of marijuana ever discovered”
In total, agents seized 57 tons of marijuana, with more than 187,000 plants and 19 tons of buds taken between June and October.
In a separate bankruptcy earlier this month, Spain announced that it had seized 35 tons of marijuana, which was a record at the time.
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In June, the Spanish tax agency, referring to a different drug operation, said the value of cannabis “ranges between $2,374.43 and $2,580.90 per kilogram.”
At this rate, the total estimated value of the 55 tons could reach $129 million.