OSAKA (TR) – A false fire report has lead Osaka Prefectural Police to bust a marijuana grow house inside a residence in Tondabayashi City, investigative sources revealed on Monday, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Feb. 2).
On December 21, officers from the Tonabayashi Police Station, acting on a tip from a fire department, seized approximately 500 marijuana plants from the uninhabited residence. Lighting and water regulation equipment used for the cultivation of marijuana was also found inside.
The suspect was also arrested as a part of separate bust in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture. Investigators suspect that the two cases are connected to a large drug-trafficking ring.
Police were notified about the contraband in Tondabayashi after the fire fighting unit responded to a report of smoke emanating the residence. The unit later determined that the reported smoke was actually water vapor from the growing process.