Israel’s Southern District Police caught a greenhouse filled with 13,500 marijuana plants yesterday weighing in at three-and-a-half tons and worth over 90 million NIS on Kibbutz Gvulot in the Negev Desert. An Israel Police official told Channel 2 News that the confiscation is expected to lead to a cannabis shortage within Central Israel’s drug market.
Israel Police seizes over 3 tons-worth of marijuana plants
13,500 marijuana plants weighing in at three-and-a-half tons and worth more than 90 million NIS were seized yesterday (Sunday) in a greenhouse that was meant to be growing tomatoes on Kibbutz Gvulot in the Negev Desert. An Israel Police official told Channel 2 News that the confiscation will most likely affect Central Israel’s drug market and cause a cannabis shortage. The Israel Police is currently conducting a manhunt after the growers. It is estimated that the growers will continue searching for creative ways to bring their product to the market due to the difficulty of smuggling from Israel’s border with Sinai.
For over 24 hours, Israel Police detectives were cutting the giant plants, which were about the size of an average person, during one of the largest drug seizures in Israel. The confiscated greenhouse operated almost like a real agricultural enterprise, even containing a plant drying system. The seizure was part of a deliberate and methodical operation against illegal cannabis growers by the Israel Southern District Police.
Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
As reported by JOL this past May, the Israeli government approved reforms to decriminalize recreational cannabis use, an initiative proposed by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. The decriminalization reform means that no criminal charges will be brought against first-time offenders but rather, the Israel Police will issue fines.