With an unemployment rate of 36%, the highest in Spain, more and people people in Cádiz province look to the drug traffickers for work.
Only 11 per cent of the hashish which entered Spain in 2004 came through Cádiz province. The Guardia Civil have said that percentage has grown steadily over the years – 23 per cent in 2007, 40 per cent in 2009, 46 per cent in 2010, and today it stands at more than 50 per cent.
Of the 283 tons of hashish intercepted nationwide by the Guardia Civil so far this year, 115 tons were seized in Cádiz. A Guardia spokesman said arrests are made daily – the province is the only one in Spain which has three anti-drug prosecutors. A kilo of hashish pollen costs €1,500 in Cádiz, a quarter of what it costs elsewhere in Europe.