Bulgaria Jails Dutch Man over Cannabis Plantation
The Shumen District Court has sentenced a Dutch national to four years of imprisonment and a fine of BGN 20 000 for drug production.
The magistrates approved Monday a plea bargain between the prosecutor's office and the defendant who pleaded guilty, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).
The 32-year old Dutch national, charged with producing and storing drugs, has been in custody since August when he was handed to the authorities by a Dutch court.
He is one of the owners of a sewing factory in the northeastern town of Novi Pazar, which was raided by police in December 2011, with the operation uncovering a cutting-edge cannabis farm located four meters underground.
The production cycle was fully automated.
The underground cannabis farm had 550 pots of cannabis up to 180 cm high, 6 kg of dried cannabis and cannabis sprouts.
In August, when he was remanded in custody, the defendant said in court that he was aware that Bulgarian legislation defined growing cannabis as a crime.
- » Bulgarian Authorities Detained 243 Human Traffickers in First Half of Year
- » Number of People Detained Over Truck with Dead Migrants in Austria Rises to Seven
- » Bulgarian Police Detain Man over Austria Migrant Deaths
- » Suspected Jihadists Detained at Bulgaria Border 'Linked to IS'
- » Human Smuggling in Bulgaria Is Punishable by Ridiculous Fines - Foreign Minister
- » Bulgaria Charges Two People with Making False Identity Documents