Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento.
Arona Policía Local’s new dog unit – Unidad Canina de Prevención Policial – has been an instant success in one respect for the police with some 20 drugs detections in its first weekend. Police say that the dogs were in operation in nine areas in the municipality, and were principally concerned with finding those selling a range of drugs including marijuana, hash and cocaine, all of which were seized over this last weekend.
The areas where the dogs were in operation were Las Galletas, Costa del Silencio, TenBel, El Fraile, Los Cristianos, Las Rosas and three commercial centres in Playa de Las Américas. All the arrests were for “possession or consumption in public roads, areas or establishments”. Judicial procedures are now underway with fines expected of between €600 and €30,000.
The UCPP came into operation last Friday, 28 July, and will work as an independent unit to provide daily policing of drugs sales outside schools, in plazas, known sales points, and in leisure facilities, bus stations etc. The council explains that Spanish legislation – Ley Orgánica 4/2015 – makes consumption or possession of drugs in public places (roads, buildings, transport, etc) illegal, defined as “serious” for sentencing purposes. The law also allows for police to carry out spot checks on people, vehicles and public spaces as they may deem necessary to control or prevent crime, and to find drugs, weapons, explosives, or other dangerous substances and objects.