Skip to comments.Italy police discover cannabis factory in Rome tunnel (Mussolini-era abandoned metro tunnel)
Posted on 08/17/2012 5:40:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Police in Rome have sniffed out a cannabis factory in an abandoned metro tunnel built during the rule of Fascist leader Benito Mussolini, in the 1930s.
Officers reportedly stumbled across the factory after smelling the pungent crop near an entrance, not far from the Italian central bank.
The tunnel, just over half a mile (1km) long, was also being used to cultivate mushrooms.
But behind a makeshift wall, police discovered rows of marijuana plants.
Video released by Italy's financial police showed an underground greenhouse with thriving marijuana plants lit by halogen lights, and irrigated via a system of underground cisterns.
There were also special chambers for drying and processing the crop.
Italy's financial police said the find was among their biggest ever seizures of cannabis - a total of 340kg of the drug with an estimated street value of 3m euros (£2.3m; $3.7m).
According to Italy's Il Messaggero newspaper, some 900 plants were being cultivated across half a hectare in the tunnel.
The discovery of the illegal factory, some seven metres below the city, took place near in south-eastern Rome on Saturday. The farm's owner, a man in his fifties, has been arrested.
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I thought only cannibal mutants lived in abandoned subway tunnels. Learn something new every day!
Mama Mia, that’s a one spicy sinsemilla!
Cannibis-growing Humanoid Underground Dwellers, but it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue in Italian:
Cannibis di coltivazione abitare umanoidi della metropolitana
Damn. There’s nothing wrong with weed or shrooms. Those should be legalized.