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Low quality fruit and vegetables used as a front for drug operation

Marijuana hidden in lettuce crates smuggled from Murcia to Ireland

A Murcia drugs gang has been arrested for exporting marijuana to Ireland hidden in crates of lettuce. A transport company from Fortuna was linked to a criminal in Ceuti, suspected of running a major drugs trafficking network.

The gang leader bought fruit and vegetables from a Lorca supplier for export which officers suspected could be used to cover up his illegal activities. The fresh produce was said to be of 'very low' quality. The Guardia and customs officials inspected a large lorry from Fortuna at the northern port of Bilbao ahead of boarding a ferry bound for Rosslare in Ireland. 161 kilos of marijuana in plastic bags were found hidden among containers of lettuce. At the same time, authorities intercepted another lorry from the same company that had just got in from Rosslare.

Six people, including the ring-leader. were arrested by the Guardia Civil and all had existing criminal records. House searches took place in Ceuti and Fortuna as well as in the La Zenia area of the Orihuela Costa.  The group has apparently been smuggling marijuana across the European Union in lorries for two years.


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