12 Jul, 2021 @ 17:04
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Costa Blanca squatters ‘sold’ properties for virtually nothing or used them as drug farms in Torrevieja area of Spain

Costa Blanca Gang Occupied Empty Homes In Torrevieja Area Of Spain And 'sold' Them For Virtually Nothing Or Converted Them Into Drug Farms

A Torrevieja gang occupied empty properties which they sold off for a miniscule amount of money or used them to grow and sell drugs.

11 people, including a minor, have been arrested by the Guardia Civil, with nine of them refused bail.

The 25-year-old gang leader personally identified the properties to be targeted for an illegal occupation.

A key factor would be whether they were close to schools, where there could be a ready-made market for young drug buyers.

The ‘squatted’ homes were either sold or converted into marijuana farms and drug sales points.

If the gang leader decided to sell a property, he cleared out any inherited belongings and stored them at his parents’ home before selling them off.

He even got a friend to arrange an illegal electricity and water supply hook up at the squatted home.

Prospective buyers were then charged a peppercorn sum of between €500 to €1,000 to get an illegal ‘home of their own’.



Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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