“We saw that it was very green and lush in the middle of the garden and when we took a closer look we saw more than 20 large marijuana plants growing there,” a concerned resident of Lycksele municipality told the local Västerbottens-Kuriren (VK) newspaper.
The find was made in the yard of a house previously used by a criminal gang. However, police have been the registered owners of the property ever since the gang was kicked out following an October 2011 raid.
But despite owning the property for nearly two years, the local police authority hasn’t made a concerted effort to get ensure the property is free of cannabis plants.
After police were alerted on Sunday by residents who discovered the marijuana plants, two patrols were sent out to investigate the situation.
However, the diligence of their efforts to rid the plot of the pot plants failed to impress.
“They took the big plants, but the smaller plants remain. There are probably more than ten plants still there,” resident Patrik Norén told VK.
“Police have zero tolerance for a lot of stuff, but here they’re letting cannabis grow in their own yard.”
A police spokesman promised to look into the reports of remaining pot plants on the police-owned property. However, he added there were no plans to carry out a thorough clean up the property, explaining instead the police would satisfy themselves with “pulling the plants up by the roots”.
Despite having illegal marijuana plants growing on police-owned property, officers remained adamant they weren’t guilty of committing any crime.
“It would be a crime if we purposefully planted the drugs, and the police haven’t done that,” said Markus Karlsson of the Västerbotten County police.
Last month, the property was put up for sale by police authorities on popular buy-sell site Blocket.se, but so far interest in the “drug house” has so far been tepid.