An unprecedented find was discovered by police in a monastery on the island of Crete: 1152 cannabis bushes. Many of them had a rosary on their branches – most likely for a divine blessing for a good harvest …?
According to law enforcement officials, such a plantation brings one ton of hashish, which can earn about 2 million euros in income when sold on the market. The plantation was discovered on the territory of the Savvatiana monastery in the Heraklion region.
Speaking of a “giant hashish plantation”, local media Neakriti.gr reported that special police units and units for the fight against terrorism and drugs on Monday raided the premises of the monastery, and are now trying to identify and locate the drug lords.
It is reported that the plantation is laid out on the outskirts of the monastery. A cannabis processing device was found near a marijuana farm. A specially designed room was used as a dryer. 27.5 kilograms of hashish ready for sale were found there.
The police speculate that the drug dealers came to the monastery as pilgrims to make sure that, although they are a short distance from the monastery buildings, the plantation remains invisible. It is worth noting that a rosary was even hung on some hemp seedlings.
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Members of the criminal organization broke through the barbed wire fence of the monastery and made their way into a thick ravine located directly above the premises. They leveled the two lots, clearing trees and bushes to make two plantations a real fortress and a network of tunnels through the vegetation that connected the two levels, the observation area and the escape routes they had taken care of. A few meters before the entrance to the first level, they created a pond for watering 1152 seedlings, which was carried out using plastic pipes.
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The headquarters – the place where the plantation cultivators were located – was equipped on the underside. They cooked food on the spot, and right next to the covered area they dried hemp, which was probably guarded by heavily armed people. Bags of 27 kilograms of hashish were found ready for sale.
The producers’ profit is estimated at more than 2 million euros. During the operation, in the extremely inaccessible forest area of the Rodia region, in the regional subdivision of Heraklion, a two-level hemp plantation was discovered. Cannabis plants were diligently cultivated and were in the growth stage up to 2.5 meters high. They were uprooted and confiscated. 27.5 kilograms of hashish were also confiscated. According to Creta TV, several people who had access to the monastery were detained.
Locals are reportedly shocked that the drug lords did not respect the sanctity of the monastery. However, most likely, not all. Growing cannabis in Crete is a respectable, albeit illegal, business that many thousands of Cretans are engaged in.