When we visited Santa Pola the other Sunday, little did we think that we were in the heart of a major drug trafficking operation.
The operation, which was taking place in a unit in the industrial estate, supplied the province and much of Europe with cannabis concealed in packages of frozen sardines. At the time of the arrest, eleven tons of hashish was confiscated along with 11,000 kilos of frozen sardines.
Nine people aged between 20 and 65 (all Spanish) were arrested whilst in the process of loading their cargo into three large trucks.
The problem is of course that, although a major point of distribution has been shut down, the source in Morocco is still operating and will be looking for other ways of distributing cannabis into Europe.