Police make historic marijuana bust

  • 2010-03-23
  • Oskars Magone

The bust uncovered the largest marijuana plantation in Latvian history.

RIGA - Latvian authorities have uncovered the largest marijuana growing facility in the history of the country.

The State Revenue Service had been conducting the investigation into the operation for about a year and a half before they were able to move in.

The marijuana farm, which was located near Saldus in the South-West of the country, was arranged into a three building complex deep in the forest. The raid found 9 kilograms of marijuana and 3,500 plants, national news agency LETA reported. 

The State Revenue Service were able to pinpoint the location of the farm when its operators tried to smuggle 3 kilograms of the plant into neighboring Estonia.

The plants were grown in a barn using diesel generators for power. Authorities estimate that the facility has been in operation for three years.

The facility had high-tech surveilance equipment monitoring the premesis, as well as three guard dogs. Chickens and pigs were also present at the location, presumably to cover the illicit activities.