Helicopters covering Spanish cycling tour film rooftop cannabis patch

An aerial view of the rooftop cannabis patch (on the right) in Igualada from video footage filmed from a helicopter covering the Vuelta a Espana cycling race.
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An aerial view of the rooftop cannabis patch (on the right) in Igualada from video footage filmed from a helicopter covering the Vuelta a Espana cycling race.

Catalonia police have reportedly seized 40 marijuana plants spotted in video footage filmed from a helicopter during Spain's elite cycling race.

Social media users following the Vuelta a Espana race contacted the police after spotting the cannabis plants growing on a rooftop terrace in Igualada, north wst of Barcelona, according to a report in The Guardian.

"We received information via social media that there was a marijuana plantation on the roof of a block of flats in Igualada," said a spokeswoman for the Mossos d'Esquadra regional police force.

"We began an investigation, which is still under way, and we have seized 40 plants. For the moment, there have been no arrests."

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The police spokeswoman said officers were still trying to locate the cannabis growers as the roof terrace was not connected to the flats.

The United Association of Guardia Civil officers later posted the revealing aerial shots on social media.

Cannabis use has been decriminalised in Spain, but growing marijuana still remains a crime, The Guardian reported.

The Vuelta a Espana is a 21-stage race held primarily in Spain with some sections in Andorra and France.

First staged in 1935, the Vuelta is one of world cycling's grand tours, alongside the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia.

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