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Surprising drugs bust at Vuelta a Espana

Helicopter shot of the race reveals cannabis plants on top of flats in town of Anoia

Joseph Delves
4 Sep 2019

During the last kilometre of Stage 8 at the Vuelta a Espana, most people’s eyes will have been on the bunch readying itself for the sprint. However, to the side of the shot provided by the overhead helicopter was something else of interest, a rooftop covered in cannabis plants.

Three days after the race rolled through, police seized around 40 plants from the address. Picked up by a few viewers, Catalan newspaper ARA reported that the cannabis farm was in fact already common knowledge in the area and was known to the police.

With the top floors of the building previously having been occupied by a group that seemingly left in a hurry, it’s not known if they’d planned to return for their plants, or forgotten they were there.

In Spain, the cultivation of cannabis occupies a grey area. While production for personal consumption is allowed, whether the truck full of plants found on the roof would fall under this will be open to legal debate.

The 2019 Vuelta a Espana continues today with a 169km lumpy route from Saint Palais to Urdax-Dantxarinea. The day looks like one for the break as the General Classification contenders take stock of their new positions in the top 10 following yesterday's blistering time-trial.

Primoz Roglic now holds the overall lead so expect to see his Jumbo-Visma team dictating the time advantage any breakaway can gain.