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Cannabis Suspects Pack Jails

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Nearly 60 persons, mostly of Vietnamese background, are now in custody in Norway after police raided yet another house south of Oslo Wednesday night and found a new cannabis plantation inside. The modest house in rural Enebakk contained nearly 500 cannabis plants, all being cultivated under sophisticated watering, lighting and heating systems that ravaged the home's interior.

The raid was the latest in an ever-growing list of cannabis seizures, as police uncover a widespread covert network of hash and marijuana production in Norway. Similar operations have been uncovered in a long list of other countries as well, in Europe and North America.

The houses have been rented from unsuspecting homeowners in quiet neighbourhoods all over southern Norway, and then converted into cannabis production plants, often involving the use of pirated electrical and heating systems. In most cases, the houses are rendered uninhabitable. The plants are generally tended by Vietnamese gardeners, and police are actively trying to find out who is behind them.

Of the five people arrested at Flatby in Enebakk Wednesday night, four were Vietnamese. All are being held in remand custody, but small local detention facilities are nearing the bursting point.

Around 50 cannabis plants were also found dumped on a trail outside Ski earlier this week. It's unclear whether the plants are tied to the unfolding network of cannabis plantations.

Source: Aftenposten
Copyright: 2008, Aftenposten
Contact: Staff
Website: Cannabis suspects pack jails - Aftenposten.no
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