Police turn to Swedish eBay to sell drug den
The Local · 26 Jul 2013, 08:45
Published: 26 Jul 2013 08:45 GMT+02:00
When police raided the home in Örträsk, Västerbotten, the district court ruled that the entire house should be seized, meaning the local police became the new owners of the property.
The house had been used to cultivate and then sell marijuana plants, which were also seized by the authorities.
With apparently no need for the five-bedroom house, officers decided to write up an advertisement on popular buy-sell site Blocket. The ad, which they make no mention of the previous owners, reads unlike a typical real estate ad and lists every fault of the accommodation, including water damages, stained floors, and internal damages.
Police admitted that the interest for the house has been low.
"The property should be carefully examined before a purchase is carried out. Come to the opening if you are considering buying," the announcement reads.
The police decision to use Blocket has raised eyebrows among the officers' colleagues.
"I've never heard of anything like it," police lawyer Erik Lindström told the Folkbladet newspaper.
Blocket, which is similar to eBay, is Sweden's largest buy-sell site and the third most visited website in the country.