It takes a village: 40 people either arrested or on police radar after probe reveals cannabis operations

Growth op

About 40 people from in and around three villages in Albania’s Kruja district have been arrested or declared as wanted following raids of greenhouses, warehouses, apartments and forested areas in the district. So far, 16 people have been arrested for cultivating or aiding in the cultivation of cannabis, according to Exit News . Criminal proceedings have been initiated against three people, although they have been released on their own reconnaissance because of their ages (17, 70 and 78, the last reportedly the chief of Nikël village). Another 24 people appear to be on the run, notes a translated Facebook post from the state police . “They have been declared wanted and work is underway to apprehend 24 other citizens suspected of being involved in the aforementioned criminal activity,” the post states. Man charged with growing hundreds of cannabis plants says he was paying back debt after being smuggled into the U.K. A man who house-sat nearly £640,000 of weed in a hotel under renovation is going to jail Recent cannabis and cocaine seizures in Niger and South Africa are the largest the countries have ever seen As part of the operation codenamed Agimi — which is focused on preventing illegal weed grows in the Nikla, Halil and Arramerras areas of Kruja district — the police used intelligence from inside the villages and data collected from local and Italian police drones to pinpoint suspected hotspots. The comprehensive effort involved searches of greenhouses, warehouses, apartments and forested areas in Kruja, about an hour drive from the capital city of Tirana, the police report. The searches proved fruitful when the authorities discovered a cannabis-growing operation, complete with grow lights. An unspecified number of weed seedlings, growing equipment, five vehicles and other material evidence were seized, the post states. But according to ABC News…

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