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Police terminate three marijuana farms in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police have terminated three marijuana farms in Latvia and have confiscated approximately 12 kg of ready product, more than 30 kg of fresh marijuana, approximately 1,200 saplings and approximately 300 grams of home-made hashish, as reported by Chief of Criminal Police Andrejs Grishins.

Police conducted a thorough search of those farms and found EUR 17,000 in cash and five kinds of firearms, including a machine gun with a silencer.

Two of those marijuana farms were located in Latgale, near the border. The third one was found in Riga region. The farms in Latgale were set up in an abandoned apartment building and an old shed. The one in the capital, on the other hand, was set up in a garage.

Among the eight people police have apprehended are the organizer of the operation, the person who had invested money into the farm and the supervisor of marijuana cultivation process. Two of the suspects have prior criminal record. One of the suspects has education in food technologies. It is believed that he used his knowledge to study the plant. The core of the group consists of people aged 40 to 50.

Police have found out that the criminal group had already supplied a portion of the product to the black market. It is believed those farms were set up at the beginning of 2015.

According to the police, the criminal group planned to sell marijuana in Riga and other Latvian cities.

According to Grishins, marijuana is currently in high demand on the black market. The proportion of marijuana among all psychotropic substances is 20%. Spice was on the first place last year; now marijuana is number one. Methamphetamine is on the second place. The fact that spice has dropped to third place on the list can be explained with amendments to the Criminal Law. Grishins believes new psychoactive substances will lose their positions on the black market even more as time passes.

In 2014, Latvian police terminated a total of 27 farms. The count has gone up to 28 this year.

Grishins was reluctant to estimate the worth of the product confiscated in Latgale. He did say, however, that one gram of marijuana costs approximately EUR 8. The ‘end user’ pays EUR 10 – EUR 15 per 1 gram of product. The price tends to vary depending on the product’s quality.


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