Heraklion, Crete, Greece, September 23, 2022
An Orthodox monastery on the Greek island of Crete recently learned that it had unknowingly been playing host to a growing marijuana plantation.
Local police and the Prosecutor’s Office of Heraklion recently discovered an extensive operation on the territory of Savvathiana Monastery near Heraklion. More than a ton of hashish had entered the market from the plantation within a few days, reports neakriti.gr.
Investigators determined that the perpetrators cut a hole in the barbed wire fence surrounding the monastery and set up two large marijuana patches in a ravine behind the fence, with a network of tunnels, including emergency exits. They dug their own pond and watered the plants with hoses.
The perpetrators would make their way to the plantation under the guise of pilgrims. They even hung prayer ropes on some trees in the area.
In addition to the product that had already made its way onto the market, police found another 60 pounds of hashish ready for sale. The profit from the plantation is estimated at about $1.95 million.
Thanks to the discovery of the plantation, the Prosecutor’s Office was able to track down an organization of drug dealers, with a number of ongoing arrests.