Hallan alijo de drogas en Letonia

Plantas de marihuana

Large Latvian drugs find

Latvian officials have uncovered the country's biggest ever marijuana crop.

3.500 marijuana plants were discovered by customs officials in a surprise raid.

Reporter: Damien McGuinness

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It's taken customs officials over a year and a half to find this plantation tucked away in a remote forest clearing in the Latvian countryside.

They first became suspicious when large amounts of marijuana started crossing the border into neighbouring Estonia. Two men have now been arrested. They lived on site, hiding away on the plantation telling relatives that they were working abroad.

Customs officials believe the plantation has been in operation for the past three years, selling marijuana mainly to Baltic and Scandinavian countries.

The plants were grown in a barn, and the marijuana then cleaned and dried in a farmhouse. Three powerful diesel generators were kept in the garage, along with six tons of diesel fuel to keep power supplies going.

But the drug dealers were not taking any chances of discovery. Prying eyes were kept away by high-security surveillance systems and three guard dogs, while the pungent smell of the marijuana plants was covered up by keeping pigs and chickens on site.

Damien McGuinness, BBC, Latvia

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plantation plantación

tucked away escondida

remoteremoto / aislado

became suspicious(empezaron a) desconfiar / sospechar

on site en el lugar

prying eyes (personas) curiosas / entrometidas

high-security surveillance systemsequipos de vigilancia de alta seguridad

pungentacre

covered upocultado