In Rome, Italy, police officers discovered the city’s largest marijuana growing site of all time below the vaults of the Bank of Italy. The Bank of Italy is the equivalent to the US Federal Reserve.
Officers were out on patrol when they smelled marijuana coming from an air duct of an underground tunnel. Temperatures in Rome have reached record highs this summer, which led the smells to permeate the air.
The officers followed the smell of the marijuana down into a tunnel that was originally built as part of a subway project that was abandoned after World War II. After going down into the tunnel, police pushed aside a false wall and discovered a grow room that spanned over 40,000 square feet.
The grow room was hidden under the guise of being a mushroom growing facility. But instead of mushrooms, police were greeted by thousands of marijuana plants, halogen lights, fertilization and irrigation systems, and climate control tools.
The growers cultivated an estimated 750 pounds of marijuana, with police in Rome are valuing at $3.7 million.
Police have arrested the owner of the mushroom growing business and are investigating connections that he may have to criminal organizations in the area.