Two Britons were arrested on Tuesday (March 7) for allegedly growing “€100,000-worth of cannabis” at a luxury villa in Galé, Albufeira and on a rural property in Tunes.
The plants were discovered in six “highly sophisticated” greenhouses – two of them located in the villa’s basement and four at the Tunes property, writes Correio da Manhã.
GNR agents became suspicious when they noticed a warehouse in Tunes had its “windows taped with aluminum foil” and was equipped with extractor fans, Lieutenant Pedro Fernando from Silves’ police station told the paper.
An investigation was launched two months ago with searches conducted this week.
Police confiscated over 31 kilos of cannabis (12,600 individual doses), 480 cannabis plants and 18.3 grams of ‘magic’ mushrooms, as well as three TVs, €785 in cash and other electronic equipment.
The Brits, aged 31 and 32, were due to be heard yesterday by Silves’ DIAP (department of penal investigation), which has subsequently told us it will not be releasing any follow-up information for the time being.
Meantime, the GNR continues investigating in order to establish the “extent of the dealers’ activity”, says CM – adding that the British men lived together in Galé and had been in the Algarve “for a year”.