Fª Alentejo: Couple of “farmers” begins to stand trial for drug trafficking.

Double “farmers” who cultivated cannabis starts to be judged today. Imported seeds from Holland and Spain to grow in greenhouses built in a housing annex.

Required, in November 2016, with the Regional Directorate for Agriculture and Fisheries of Alentejo that their housing be recognized as an applicator of plant protection products, but the intention was nothing more than growing cannabis in three greenhouses built in an annex to the residence in the village of Olhas, in Ferreira do Alentejo county.

According to the prosecution order of the Ferreira do Alentejo Public Ministry, that the Lidador News (LN) We had access, between February 2014 and October 2019, a couple, him 41 years and her 39 year old, cultivated, processed and resold cannabis seeds produced in those greenhouses (photo of Lidador News file).

Cannabis seeds were purchased by phone or email from companies based in Amsterdam (Holland) and Murcia and Alicante (Spain) and arrive at the defendants' home, dispatched by express shipping company, through another firm based in Sines, whose employee is listed as a prosecution witness, for also having acquired narcotics from the couple.

Another individual also appointed as a witness, received in August 2018 Fafe, an order with about 3.000 a 4.000 cannabis seeds grown by “farmers” in the Alentejo village.

On arrest, in 2 October 2019, were found in several housing divisions, including in the children's room and in the greenhouses, 914,6 grams of leaves / cannabis quantities, corresponding to 1.350 doses, in addition to dozens of paraphernalia intended for cultivation, dry, drug packaging and shipping.

Accused in material co-authorship and in the consummated form of a crime of drug trafficking and other illegal activities, today the couple begins to be tried in the Central Criminal Court of the Beja Court by a collective of judges, risking sentence of more than five years in prison. The man is in preventive detention at the Beja Prison.

Teixeira Correia

(journalist)

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