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8 The Portugal News •  19 Sep 2020                                 News


                                                                                The amount of carob stolen and seized this year in the
      Carob theft quadruples Algarve has quadrupled to 5.4 tonnes, compared to 2019,
                                                                                when 1.23 tonnes were recovered.
                                                                                (from 1.78 to 1.23 tonnes),  warehouses and annexes  continues until 31
                                                                                this year there has been an  to the producer’s residence,  December, with the aim of
                                                                                increase to 5.4 tonnes,  where the carobs are   combating the theft and
                                                                                accompanied by an       usually packed until they are  illegal harvesting of these
                                                                                increase in the number of  sold”.               products from farms in the
                                                                                reports of theft of carob to a  “The data recorded  region.
                                                                                total of 78.            indicates that, in general  The GNR stressed that
                                                                                Carob bean seeds are used  terms, thefts on agricultural  within the framework of
                                                                                in various industries such as  land are carried out by  operation “Campo Seguro”
                                                                                pharmaceuticals, cosmetics  people in the region, who  and in collaboration with
                                                                                and food - as an additive for  know the territory, and who  other security forces,
                                                                                puddings, baby food and ice  make the harvest on the  “patrols on farms have been
                                                                                cream stabilisers - and also  properties or agricultural  stepped up” with the aim of
                                                                                in the textile industry.  land (unsealed spaces)  preventing crime and theft,
                                                                                Carob pulp, which       without authorisation to do  “as well as possible
                                                                                represents 90 percent of the  so”, said the security force.  situations of human
                                                                                weight of the fruit, is used in  As for the most affected  trafficking”.
                                                                                various sweets such as  areas, they are mainly in “the  Meanwhile, the security
                                                                                biscuits and cakes, liqueurs,  central zone of the Algarve,  force also promotes
                                                                                syrup, bread and animal  in a strip that extends from  “information and
      Carobs in the Algarve are mainly being stolen in “the central zone of the Algarve, in a
      Carobs in the Algarve are mainly being stolen in “the central zone of the Algarve, in a
      Carobs in the Algarve are mainly being stolen in “the central zone of the Algarve, in a
      Carobs in the Algarve are mainly being stolen in “the central zone of the Algarve, in a
      Carobs in the Algarve are mainly being stolen in “the central zone of the Algarve, in a                                   awareness-raising
      strip that extends from the municipality of Albufeira to the municipality of Olhão”
      strip that extends from the municipality of Albufeira to the municipality of Olhão”
      strip that extends from the municipality of Albufeira to the municipality of Olhão”  feed.        the municipality of Albufeira
      strip that extends from the municipality of Albufeira to the municipality of Olhão”
      strip that extends from the municipality of Albufeira to the municipality of Olhão”
                                                                                According to the GNR, thefts  to the municipality of Olhão,”  activities among rural
              ccording to police  makes it one of the main  recorded during the  take place during the  the GNR added.          communities, especially
              reports, the     targets for theft from farms in  summer.         harvest season, “especially  Aware of this      farmers, on measures to
              commercial value  the region - along with  According to the GNR, after  between the months of June  phenomenon, the GNR is  prevent and protect against
      Aof the carob,           avocados and oranges - and  a slight drop in the quantity  to September,” and the  carrying out the “Campo  thefts of agricultural
      priced at between €0.60  several seizures of large  of carob recovered in the  perpetrators of these crimes  Seguro” operation, which  products, copper and other
      and €0.80 per kilogram,  quantities of carob were  region from 2018 to 2019  usually target “agricultural  began on 6 June and  non-precious metals”.
      Huge hashish haul on the Guadiana River
      The Coastal Control Unit of the GNR in Vila Real de Santo António seized
      The Coastal Control Unit of the GNR in Vila Real de Santo António seized
      The Coastal Control Unit of the GNR in Vila Real de Santo António seized
      The Coastal Control Unit of the GNR in Vila Real de Santo António seized
      The Coastal Control Unit of the GNR in Vila Real de Santo António seized
      1.8 tonnes of hashish that had been thrown into the Guadiana River by a
      1.8 tonnes of hashish that had been thrown into the Guadiana River by a
      1.8 tonnes of hashish that had been thrown into the Guadiana River by a
      1.8 tonnes of hashish that had been thrown into the Guadiana River by a
      1.8 tonnes of hashish that had been thrown into the Guadiana River by a
      boat which then fled the scene on 13 September.
      boat which then fled the scene on 13 September.
      boat which then fled the scene on 13 September.
      boat which then fled the scene on 13 September.
      boat which then fled the scene on 13 September.
        “The vessel made its escape at high  international drug trafficking, the police,
      speed in a southerly direction, towards the  with the support of the Integrated
      open sea. Chase was given but it was not  Surveillance, Command and Control
      possible to apprehend the boat”,     System, detected a high speed semi rigid
      explained the commander of the Coastal  vessel, which approached the Guadiana
      Control Detachment in Olhão, Nuno    River, presenting an atypical behaviour”,
      Marinho.                             added the GNR in the statement.
        The drug was being transported by a  Nuno Marinho said: “48 bales of
      boat that had been flagged as suspicious  hashish were initially recovered during the
      by police and once the crew became   night”, weighing approximately 30
      aware of a police presence they threw the  kilograms each and adding up to a total of
      cargo into the water.                around 1.5 tonnes, but additional
        “As part of a mission to monitor, control  searches, “allowed for the later seizure of
      and patrol the coast and territorial sea,  a further 10 bales”, increasing the weight  48 bales of the drug were initially seized by police before a further 10 were then found
                                                                               48 bales of the drug were initially seized by police before a further 10 were then found
                                                                               48 bales of the drug were initially seized by police before a further 10 were then found
                                                                               48 bales of the drug were initially seized by police before a further 10 were then found
                                                                               48 bales of the drug were initially seized by police before a further 10 were then found
      with a special focus on combating    of the seized drug to around 1.8 tonnes.  during searches of the area.
                                                                               during searches of the area.
                                                                               during searches of the area.
                                                                               during searches of the area.
                                                                               during searches of the area.
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