In the continuing failed war on drugs, Swiss police raided a huge cannabis plantation after a skirmish between the members of drug gangs on Sunday during which two were wounded.
According to ATS, on the plantation were growing several thousand cannabis plants and was a large-scale professional operation. Lately, the number of such operations has grown. For instance, last year police found 70 plantations in St. Gallen. This was almost four times more compared with figures in 2013. Earlier this month in Zurich a plantation of 10,000 plants was discovered.
Indoor plantations are usually armed with video observation, alarm systems and private security staff, wrote a newspaper 20 Minuten.
For cannabis dealers, Switzerland is very profitable place due to the amount of money drug buyers are ready to spend: “For one gram of marijuana consumers pay from eight to ten francs. Cannabis is a multi-billion dollar deal,” Eugen Rentsch, director of St Gallen police’s narcotics department told Blick.
The amount of marijuana consumers in Switzerland averages from 50,000 to 100,000, according to Frank Zobel of Addiction Switzerland.
“Cannabis is the most consumed illegal drug in Switzerland,” claimed Christian Schneider, analyst at the Federal Criminal Police to Blick.
The cultivation, trade and consumption of cannabis in Switzerland are illegal. However, the possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis is considered a minor offence and presumes just a fine.
Last year the creation of special areas where cannabis could be legally consumed was proposed.