BARCELONA – The increasing number of apartments being used to sell drugs is one of the growing concerns in the neighborhood of Raval, home to many immigrants in Barcelona, including Filipinos.
Sixty apartments were identified as alleged drug dens in the area, said Carlos, one of the community leaders from the street, Carrer d’En Roig.
In one of the buildings where there are ‘narco-apartments’, the number of individuals going in and out reportedly carrying out illicit transactions can reach up to 200 in a day.
‘Narco-apartments’, according to Carlos, were the result of Spain’s real estate and economic crisis that displaced families who couldn’t afford to pay rent or mortgage leaving apartments empty.
Some of these empty apartments are now illegally occupied by drug traffickers.
“Human excrement, used syringes, street brawls with weapons, threats, busted portals, and mattresses in communal spaces are an everyday fare,” reads a statement in Spanish from neighborhood associations who are no longer taking things into sitting.