A BLAZE at a cannabis farm installed in a Costa Blanca urbanisation has led to the arrest of a 48-year-old British behind a string of illegal plantations.

Firefighters rushed to the house in Altea back in July when a clandestine farm in the basement was wiped out following an electrical fire.

Police were able to gather information from the property registry and locate the criminal gang at a new cannabis farm in Crevillente.

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BUDDING INVESTIGATION: Police seized 1,369 plants at the illegal cannabis farm in Crevillente

A swoop on the isolated property saw the arrest of two Montenegrin men, one of whom tried to flee through the roof.

The discovery of another cannabis farm in San Fulgencio led police eventually to the British man, whose role was in seeking out ideal locations to install clandestine plantations.

During the months-long operation police recovered 4.5kg of packaged marijuana buds, 1,369 marijuana plants, counterfeit documentation, mobile phones, a vehicle and an entire clandestine electrical installation consisting of:circuit breakers, lamps, turbines, coolers, filters, condensers, air conditioners and wiring.

The seized plants have a street value of around €400,000, while the value of electrical installations is estimated at €60,000.

The three man have been remanded in custody without bail.

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