Spanish police seize 40 cannabis plants thanks to helicopter filming Vuelta a España cycling race

Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
Published 10:59 a.m. ET Sept. 4, 2019
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USA TODAYGetting high — in the air — burned these cannabis plant owners. Spanish officials confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that police seized 40 cannabis plants from a rooftop that were visible from a helicopter camera angle during the Vuelta a España cycling race. The eighth stage of the race began Saturday in Valls and finished in Igualada, outside of Barcelona. As the helicopter provided a bird’s-eye view of the final mile of the race, the shot panned above the roof of an apartment building with the cannabis plants. Once the images went viral on social media, police began an investigation. It’s not illegal in Spain to grow marijuana for self-consumption. Des plantations de cannabis dévoilées par … la Vuelta— (@ladh) September 4, 2019″We received information thanks to the images that individuals posted on social media that had been taken from the helicopter of La Vuelta,” a police spokesperson told ESPN.”That has helped us to seize 40 marijuana plants. No one has been arrested, but the investigation is still ongoing to find those responsible.”