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Pot Plot Discovered In French Prison Yard

SUD-OUEST( France)


LA ROCHELLE - About 15 30-inch-tall (80 cm) cannabis plants have been discovered in the courtyard of a prison in Saint-Martin-de-Ré, one of the 10 communes located on the Île de Ré island off La Rochelle in western France.

The district attorney of La Rochelle has confirmed that an investigation was underway and that he had asked the police to determine the circumstances in which the cannabis plants came to grow, the regional daily newspaper Sud-Ouest reveals.

"Inscrivez-vous à l'atelier jardinage, vous aurez des réductions de peine", qu'ils disaient…… sudouest.fr/2012/08/22/sai…

— Ed (@Bip_Ed) August 22, 2012

"Join the gardening workshop to get mitigated sentences," they said………

Although it is still unclear who is behind the surprising pot plot, authorities believe that the inmates tended to the garden for their own use -- with great care, judging on how tall and how healthy the plants appear to be.

The Force Ouvrière trade union, which has been denouncing the existence of such illegal gardens for years, said the plants should be destroyed "as soon as possible."

Amazing -- fifteen cannabis plants almost a meter tall found...in a prison garden. Bravo, lags, bravo screws. sudouest.fr/2012/08/22/sai…

— A common lawyer (@acommonlawyer) August 22, 2012

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