Explosives discovered by the National Police in Torrevieja in 2009
The Alicante Provincial Courthouse has condemned a man to a year in prison for trying to sell explosives stolen from a quarry in Cox. There were 17.5 kilos of Goma-2 stolen in 2002 and he tried to sell them in 2009.
The trial last week ended with an agreement between the prosecutor and the defence. The only person convicted, Borja Manuel B.P. pleaded guilty to possession of explosives and accepted 12 months in prison after his sentence was reduced for having collaborated with Justice.
Two women were also on trial but they acquitted in the end because the time limit for prosecuting their offence had expired. The Prosecutor had at first been asking for the accused to be given 12 years in prison (http://www.costadaily.com/torrevieja/9775-three-face-prison-for-hiding-explosives-in-torrevieja).
They were all arrested in March 2009 as part of Operation Palmera, when the National Police Specialised and Violent Crime Unit (UDEV) found out that two couples from Torrevieja had contacted a gang of criminals from eastern Europe who were interested in getting dynamite to attack armoured vans, banks and jewellery shops.