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Water leak leads police to Oslo flat cannabis farm

A water leak exposed a major cannabis farm in an apartment in central Oslo on Friday leading to the arrest of two people.

Water leak leads police to Oslo flat cannabis farm
Photo: Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia

Plumbers and security staff had been searching for several hours for the source of a water leak which had spread to businesses and a café in the building in the Grønland area of the city.

With the help of a locksmith they were able to enter the apartment only to find what was described as a "jungle" of cannabis plants, according to a report in the Dagbladet daily.

"The strong stench that hit us made us first think that there was a dead body in there," said one of the group to the newspaper.

But on closer inspection the pungent aroma was found to be coming from a plantation of cannabis complete with heat lamps, watering system and air conditioning equipment. Bags of soil and fertilizer were also found on the floor.

"It looked like a jungle in there. I thought I was in a movie set," a witness said.

It has been concluded that that the advanced watering system in the apartment was the cause of the extensive water leak in the building.

Two people were later arrested in connection with the find and police expect to make further arrests following an investigation.

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Norway teens charged for hash cake prank

Two Norwegian teenagers have been charged by police after they brought Easter cakes to school loaded with so much marijuana that two teachers were admitted to hospital.

Norway teens charged for hash cake prank
These are not the intoxicating Easter cakes served at a school lunch event in Norway. Cannabis cake photo: Shutterstock
The prank was discovered when several teachers and staff at Lier Upper Secondary School found themselves suddenly struggling to stand. 
 
“They felt ill. They were dizzy and felt totally out of it,” Arne Lauvålien, head of the local police, told Norwegian state broadcaster NRK. “They were basically bedridden.” 
 
Suspicion only came to rest on the bakers after two of the teachers was admitted to the local hospital, and tests revealed that they had ingested large doses of cannabis. 
 
“When we began to unravel it, it became clear quite rapidly which of the cakes it had been,” Lauvålien said. “The school knew who had baked the special cake, so we were on the trail of the cake bakers relatively early.” 
 
Police arrested both students, who are in their late teens, last Thursday, the day after they had brought the cake to school. Both admitted to putting marijuana in the cake. 
 
Lauvålien’s colleague Finn Håvard Aas told VG newspaper on Thursday that the two culprits had already been charged with possessing marijuana, and risked further, more serious charges of poisoning. 
 
“This has had major consequences for the teachers, so we are taking this very seriously,” he said. 
 
Lauvålien told NRK that the police were interviewing the teenagers to find out where they had obtained the marijuana and what had driven them to attempt to drug their schoolmates and teachers. 
 
“What we have here is someone who has not thought about the consequences. The teachers have actually been poisoned,” Lauvålien said.