House hides 1,377 mar­i­juana plants

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - Front Page - By Sa­man­tha Kett

A mas­sive in­door mar­i­juana farm was un­cov­ered in Dé­nia this week after po­lice no­ticed a tell­tale scent com­ing from an ap­par­ently un­oc­cu­pied house.

A MAS­SIVE in­door mar­i­juana farm was un­cov­ered in Dé­nia this week after po­lice no­ticed a tell­tale scent com­ing from an ap­par­ently un­oc­cu­pied house.

Their sus­pi­cions were raised when they saw the air­con was run­ning 24 hours a day, even though no­body seemed to be liv­ing there and the black­out blinds on the win­dows were per­ma­nently down.

Na­tional Po­lice had been tipped off by the elec­tric­ity com­pany due to the prop­erty’s ex­tremely high con­sump­tion and the fact it ap­peared to be con­nected to the mains il­le­gally, so as to avoid pay­ing any bills.

They traced the oc­cu­pant, a 35yearold Croa­t­ian man, and took him to the sta­tion for ques­tion­ing be­fore search­ing the build­ing.

As well as the usual hy­dro­pon­ics, halo­gen lamps, drip ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem, re­frig­er­a­tion,

and trans­form­ers hooked up il­le­gally to the grid, de­tec­tives dis­cov­ered 1,377 cannabis plants – all at an ad­vanced

stage of growth.

The sus­pect has been charged with drug deal­ing and en­ergy fraud.

A ' fac­tory' had been set up at the prop­erty

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