Wednesday, November 29, 2006 02:51:00 PM
Police have busted Europe's largest ever cannabis plantation at an abandoned Slovakian slaughterhouse where top-notch technology was used by Austrian and Hungarian men to grow a copious amount of weed, a Hungarian county police reported on Wednesday.
A Slovakian anti-drug SWAT team raided the former abattoir in Nitra on intelligence gathered from Hungary's Győr-Moson-Sopron County Police.
The special “bonsai cannabis" were grown on several thousands of square metres in three hangars. According to Slovakian paper SME, the owner of the slaughterhouse is an Austrian citizen, the “brain" of the drug scheme, who has been wanted by Interpol since 2004 for drug-related crimes.
Police have detained five Hungarians, aged 20 to 40, living in Mosonmagyaróvár and two Austrians who were taking care of the plants.
According to estimates, there were enough plants in the hangars, lit with artificial light and made cosier with high humidity, to produce 500 kilograms of marijuana a week.
As growing, transportation and sale took place in an organised fashion, the culprits are looking at 15 to 20 years imprisonment.
A little bit of bonsai ganja
According to planetganja.com it is worth growing bonsai marijuana “because not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it's extremely functional."
image by weedfarmer.com
Bonsai-techniques keep the plant small, yet productive, the site said.
“From a bonsai mum point of view, this technique comes in handy if you want to keep a small mum but also need to be able to take many cuttings at once."
A proper bonsai will only take up about a foot in height, perhaps a foot in span, the site noted, adding that the bonsai option “[...] starts to look good to the canna-farmer who has been forced to maintain smaller and stealthier gardens."
The canopy over time will produce many smaller leaves using many more small branches. The finite resources of light and space will force the plant to produce small in size but maintain productivity in volume of branches and cuttings.
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