The Capital Region Police broke into an industrial building in Esjumelar on Kjalarnes peninsula just outside the capital on Wednesday night, confiscating several hundred cannabis plants in different stages of cultivation.
The ten police officers say they have never witnessed such extensive cannabis cultivation in Iceland before, Morgunbladid reports.
“There is no doubt about it that this is the largest [amount of cannabis plants] we’ve ever confiscated,” said Karl Steinar Valsson, head of the Capital Region Police’s narcotics department. He believes that cannabis plants have been grown in the industrial building for years.
Police have closed down close to 20 cannabis grow houses in the past weeks and months. So far this year, police have confiscated more than 3,000 cannabis plants, which is a larger amount than in 2007 and 2008 combined.
Two men, who were at the facilities at the time of the bust on Wednesday, were arrested but later released after questioning. Valsson told Fréttabladid that police had not deemed it necessary for the investigation of the case to hold the two men in custody.