This Spanish town’s police station has a severe drug problem, but it might not be quite what you think.
Police officers in the town of Olot, in northeastern Spain have complained that the huge quantities of cannabis confiscated by law enforcement this summer have begun to take over the station, making them ill in the process.
The 2,000 marijuana plants confiscated by the force over the course of the summer have been stored in the station’s underground car park, as well as in several offices, for over three weeks now due to lack of space.
The drugs are causing "discomfort" and "headaches" to the workforce, the Mossos union, the USPAC, said in its complaint.
The police station in Olot has an "unbearable smell" according to the union, giving police officers the sensation "that they are feeling the effects of having smoked something illegal" such as feeling unwell and experiencing headaches.
"What will people who come to report incidents think when they enter the police stations and smell such a strong odour?" the union said in the complaint.
It is calling for outside containers to be installed to remove the pungent drugs from inside areas of the station,
The union added that the problem has also affected other police stations around Catalonia, especially ones with smaller premises such as that in the town of Mollerussa, effectively turning them into "dumping grounds" for lack of a closed-off area in which to keep confiscated material.
The union claims that the general management of the police has done nothing to address the issue despite the fact that officers have complained several times.