Police in Bratislava Region in co-operation with the National Anti-Drug Police Unit on Tuesday, March 2, seized 40 kilograms of marijuana worth around €152,000, said Bratislava Regional Police Director Csaba Farago on Thursday, March 3. The marijuana was impounded during a search conducted on three family houses in Bratislava and on two cars parked in the yard of one of the buildings.
"Three Vietnamese men aged 30, 41 and 48 were arrested, all of whom were involved in growing marijuana indoors," said Farago, as reported by the TASR newswire, adding that the haul included as many as 1,925 cannabis plants meant for distribution both in Slovakia and abroad. In addition, the police found technical equipment and tools used for growing the plants. If convicted, the three Vietnamese, who were living in Slovakia illegally, could face 10-15 years in prison. The houses in which they were growing the marijuana were rented. Farago noted that the three men were not small-time gardeners, and said that one of them in particular was a "big fish", responsible for securing supplies for black markets abroad. "We had to intervene, as a contraband consignment of a larger size was ready to be shipped abroad at the time," he explained.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Mar 2011 at 10:00