A Guardia Civil police operation concluded with two arrests around the Bermejales Reservoir area last weekend.
The operation, which bore the English name, Swamp, netted a 26-year-old man in Jayena and a 40-year-old man in Arenas del Rey, both of whom have criminal records.
The reason for the choice of name for the operation was probably because Pantano translates for both a swamp and a reservoir; hence the name of the reservoir, El Pantano de Bermejales. Both Jayena and Arenas del Rey border on the reservoir.
The men were arrested in connection with around 20, recent break-ins, including houses, cortijos, warehouses and farm store sheds, mainly within the municipalities of the two above-mentioned towns but also in Fornes and Albuñuelas.
The 40-year old was also arrested for the suspected cultivation and trafficking of narcotics, as well as an illegal hook-up to the electricity network. When they arrested him at home and searched his house they found 5.3 kilos of marihuana already dried and packaged ready for sale.
The police also found 150 stolen objects with a total value of 20,000 euros, amongst them musical instruments belonging to the Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Música de Atarfe.
The burglaries began in the month of January this year, all using the same modus operandi to gain access to cortijos etc; i.e., a car jack to force open the bars on windows.
(News: Jayena, Poniente de Granada, Andalucia)