Spanish authorities have discovered an illegally operating crypto mining farm. During a house search, more than 100 crypto miners were seized.
Crypto instead of cannabis: officials baffled
Spanish police have discovered and shut down an illegal crypto mining farm during a house search in Toledo. The household was noticed because it had illegally tapped electricity from the municipal utilities. However, the officials did not immediately assume a crypto mining farm. The enormous power consumption initially led the police to believe that it was a gigantic cannabis plantation. Accordingly, the authority also proceeded brute: With a one-man ram, the Einsatzkommando broke open the door, then stormed the apartment. Surprisingly, the police even filmed the process and posted it on Twitter. Here you can see the heavily armed men storming the house and booting around among fans, cables and processors:
Contaba con más de 100 procesadores en funcionamiento y equipos de refrigeración y extracción de humo y calor
La granja se mantenía a través de una conexión ilegal al fluido eléctrico pic.twitter.com/oblVyjMUx7
– Policía Nacional (@policia) August 20, 2021
Police explain about the incident:
“So we dismantled an illegal mining farm in criptomonedas (cryptocurrencies) in a chalet in Toledo. It had more than 100 processors in operation and equipment for cooling and extraction of smoke and heat. The farm was maintained by an illegal connection to the power grid.“
In the course of the operation, a woman was also arrested. She is considered the mastermind of the Bitcoin mining farm. She now faces a prison sentence for electricity theft.
15 Years in Prison for $ 6,000 in Electricity
With the continued success of Bitcoin (to buy from eToro or Libertex), more and more private individuals are apparently trying their hand at BTC mining. The incident in Spain is far from an isolated incident. For example, a New York official is said to have abused his position to set up numerous crypto-mining devices at his workplace.
The man allegedly set up 46 devices in various places in his office – such as on a wall panel or under floor boards, writes AP News in a statement. Since February, he had been illegally tapping electricity in this way, according to the accusation. In total, the 42-year-old is said to have caused electricity costs of at least $ 6,000 in this way to mine cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.
Timothy Sini, District Attorney in charge, comments:
“Mining cryptocurrencies requires an enormous amount of resources, and miners need to figure out how to cover all these electricity and cooling costs.“
According to Sini, the accused “found a way to do it; unfortunately on the back of taxpayers”.
When it comes to tax offences, governments around the world usually have no mercy, so here too: The hobby miner faces up to 15 years in prison if the court decides against him.