Helicopter For Spain's Vuelta A Espana Captured TV Footage Of A Rooftop Weed Farm
Police in Catalonia have raided a weed farm days after a TV helicopter captured footage of it during the Vuelta a Espana in Spain.
The helicopter followed the cyclists during the event, which is held from 24th August to 15th September, and footage from stage eight captured the location of two rooftop plantations.
And three days later the Mossos d'Esquadra (the Catalonian police force) raided the farm and seized 40 marijuana plants from the property in Igualada, which is near Barcelona.
:red_circle: :helicopter: El helicóptero de #LaVuelta19 descubre una plantación de marihuana en una azotea. pic.twitter.com/Zhry3x1rng
- AUGC Guardia Civil (@AUGC_Comunica) September 3, 2019
Catalonian newspaper ARA reports that the police were 'already aware of the situation.'
And sources also told ARA that neighbours in the area had 'warned the local police that the people who were occupying one of the floors had emptied it and had left all the furniture in the street.'
According to reports in Spain, the occupant(s) had left the premise and left behind the plants on the rooftop.
A spokesperson told the BBC that no arrests had been made.
Growing cannabis to sell in Spain remains illegal, but it has been decriminalised for personal use.
ARA claims that the regulation over cannabis is 'ambiguous,' saying that it isn't clear about how big a plantation can be before it is used to turn a profit.
The Catalonian newspaper added that since 2015 the Mordassa Law could hand out a fine between €601 and €30,000 for anyone who commits "acts of illicit drug plantation and cultivation toxic, narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances in places visible to the public."
German Team Sunweb rider Nikias Arndt won the 166.9km stage on Saturday, which started in Valls.
But Slovenian Primoz Roglic is now leading the race after he won the individual time trial on Tuesday.
Vuelta a Espana has entered into stage 11 and will cover 180km, which ranges from Saint-Palais to Urdax.
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