Officers from the National Police have arrested nine people, and shut down a drugs factory in the Gran Alacant area of Santa Pola, after an investigation revealed the gang to be involved in trafficking of cocaine, marijuana, speed and Barcelona Football Club sweets laced with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The investigation began in August 2013, when officers found that a group of people in the town of Elda were engaged in drug trafficking. Hase one of the operation resulted in the arrest of two people in January 2014, in the Alicante town of Campello, when a transaction was witnessed involving cocaine. One of the two arrested were charged with distributing the drug in Jijona and Campello.

From that first arrest, investigators discovered how the members of the criminal group carried out the distribution of the drug, with a network of different people living in different municipalities being used for subsequent redistribution and retail of cocaine, marijuana and speed.

Another group of individuals then managed and monitored the financial side of the business, distributing the money through a variety of bank accounts in both Spain and Colombia.

As the investigation drew to a close this week, seven people were arrested, five men and two women, in the towns of Alcudia de Crespins, Jijona, Elche, El Altet, Alicante and Onil, in conncetion with distribution of drugs.

One of those arrested was a master chocolatier, who used the knowledge of his training to manufacture chocolates laced with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, in the shape of the crest of Barcelona Football Club. These were manufactured in a purpose built factory in a premises in Gran Alacant.

A total of seven houses were searched in Gran Alacant, El Altet, Alicante, Jijona, Elche and Castilla, with 21,135 euro in cash being seized, along with 960 grams of speed, 500 grams of cocaine, 300 grams of chocolates made with marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, two vehicles, four computers and 22 mobile phones.

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