Footage of the bust also shows police cutting down the plants and the substandard living quarters that housed workers.
“In the vicinity, there were two warehouses arranged with material to be converted into indoor marijuana crops for a greater increase in production. There was also a drying area with a closed system of security and surveillance cameras.”
On their raid of the grow, police from the Civil Guard said, “the farm where this plantation was located covered an area of 12 hectares, with permanent surveillance 24 hours a day.
Overhead drone footage emerged via LADBible showing police entering the 120,000 square meter plantation in Toledo, Spain – the equivalent of 16 football fields. 135,000 marijuana plants were seized in the bust.
30 tonnes of marijuana was found in warehouses in the areas surrounding the plant, while almost 4,000kg of weed was found ready for distribution. Over 100kg was also seized by police at Madrid Airport.
Police have reportedly busted the biggest marijuana plantation in Europe, thought to be one of the largest seizures of the plant in history.
Despite its fairly obvious positioning, the plant was overlooked by police for years covered up as a hemp farm, with weed that was genetically modified to look like the legal plant.
Police seized almost 150,000 plants, and three people were arrested. A Civil Guard spokesperson also said that there was a number of foreign workers there who were living in ‘minimal conditions of habitability’.
The raid follows another huge bust of one of the largest plantations just weeks ago, situated in the California Bay Area. 100,000 plants were seized from the grow, along with $100,000 in cash. The recent raids have sparked fears of the scale of the drug trade in such areas.
The suspects were selling their products in plastic containers with the label Mountain High, according to the report.
Teams raided 19 properties on Feb. 21 and seized live and dried marijuana plants, dried marijuana tops, and equipment used for cultivation, the report said.
Two suspects were arrested and over 1,600 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $18 million, were seized in an operation in the southwestern Chiayi City, according to Taiwan News.
Police in Taiwan have made the “biggest seizure of plants from a marijuana growing operation,” local media reported on Wednesday.
The operation was initiated after police were tipped off about the operation last November.
They installed ventilation, filtration, and lighting systems inside the apartments and kept the curtains drawn to hide their activities, it added.
“According to police, the suspects had rented 19 newly-built apartments in Chiayi County and Chiayi City… and used professional methods to grow cannabis indoors and collect the buds for processing and packaging,” read the report.
“It’s either going to leak into the informal market or rot in warehouses,” said Hezekiah Allen, a cannabis lobbyist who headed the California Growers Assn. for four years and now serves on the board. “This is absolutely ludicrous in terms of volume.”
The supervisor who regularly opposed the industry’s agenda, Janet Wolf, retired in January and said the board’s actions felt less like a policy debate than a “fait accompli.”
At the south end of the county in Carpinteria, the skunky odor of marijuana pours out of the open vents of steel-frame greenhouses that the cut flower industry used for decades. Residents said the irritant makes eyes water and chests tighten. Some complain of headaches and nausea.
“We think it takes 1,100 acres to supply the entire state,” he said.
“Hey man,” Farrar emailed Williams in September 2018, a couple of months after the appeal measure was shot down, to recommend shows they might see at the Santa Barbara Bowl. “The National — this will be awesome.. i’ve got an event before so not sure if i can make it but definitely will if i can.”
Farmers closest to cannabis came to realize they can no longer spray pesticides without fear of being held liable for contaminating neighboring cannabis grows. By law, marijuana must be destroyed if it tests positive for pesticide.
Lavagnino has said repeatedly that the county’s goal was to bring an illicit industry into the light and make it pay taxes. The supervisors drafted a tax measure that voters passed requiring growers to pay 4% of their gross receipts to the county.
“The cannabis growers will make tons of money while I’m going to lose half the value of my crop,” she said. “No one seems to have thought this through.”
“Our community is painfully divided about how to bring this industry under control,” he said.