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Estate agent finds house hash plantation
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Estate agent finds house hash plantation

Published: 01 Oct 2012 16:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Oct 2012 16:46 GMT+02:00

The owners had put the house in Kerpen, North Rhine-Westphalia, on the market a year ago after failing to find a buyer quickly, had rented it out, the Express newspaper said on Monday.

But to the surprise of the estate agent – and the house owner - the 60-year-old man who rented it had turned the detached house into a huge hash plantation.

He kitted it out with top-notch equipment such as UV lighting, ventilation and special electricity transformers for the lights.

He must have been less than happy to have the estate agent ring the doorbell wanting to take a comprehensive look at the house.

“Get away from here,” he reportedly yelled to the unexpected visitors, and brought a large dog to the door, effectively ending the showing.

The owner persuaded the agent to go back – with a spare key – and he braved the prospect of the dog, and found the place filled with cannabis plants.

“What he found in there was unbelievable,” the owner told the Express- “I'm still stunned about what was happening in my house.”

They informed the police who confiscated more than 1,000 plants and related equipment, before arresting the grower – who had given his landlord a copy of his passport when renting the house.

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19:29 October 1, 2012 by pjnt
""The owner persuaded the agent to go back ­ with a spare key ­ and he braved the prospect of the dog, and found the place filled with cannabis plants.""

Last I heard entering a home without permission is illegal, lol. That is if a letter etc wasn't sent, but an owner can't just walk in.

A thousand plants??? wowsers. You'd think a neighbour would have smelled something or the energy company would have noticed the extrodinary energy ussage.
23:02 October 1, 2012 by pepsionice
Some parts of this story don't add up. First, you, as the owner....can't just open the door and walk in....you have to give the renter some notice for an inspection. Second, there's no way it was one thousand plants. Maybe 250, but the electricity consumption for one thousand plants would astronomical and be two thousand Euro per month for power consumption. For 250 plants....maybe closer to four hundred Euro a month, and might slip by.
06:51 October 2, 2012 by Wrench
Anyone know the address? ;-)
12:59 October 2, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
You seem to know a lot about this sort of thing pepsionice. LOL
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