Spanish police said on Saturday they had seized 32 tonnes of packaged marijuana with a street value of at least 64 million euros ($63.74 million).
This seizure is reported to be the largest ever in Spain or anywhere else in the world. The police raided a series of farms and production plants across Spain in an operation called Gardens, arresting 9 men and 11 women aged between 20 and 59.
“The Civil Guard has seized the largest cache of packaged marijuana found so far,” Spain’s Civil Guard said in a statement.
“It was equivalent to approximately 1.1 million plants.”
Police said the gang dried the marijuana plants, packaged them and sent them to parts of Spain, Switzerland, Holland, Germany and Belgium. They were detained in Toledo, Ciudad Real, Valencia and Asturias last month but details of the operation were made only public on Saturday.
In June, the Spanish Tax Agency said, in reference to a different drugs operation, that cannabis was worth “between 2,300 euros ($2,290.80)and 2,500 euros($2,490.00) per kilogramme”.