Spanish police had been lent an unexpected hand in a drug raid in the province of Barcelona immediately after a helicopter camera filming the Vuelta a Espana cycling race alerted officers to two rooftop marijuana plantations.
Officers seized 40 cannabis plants on Tuesday in the town of Igualada immediately after getting alerted to the plantations due to videos from final Saturday’s stage eight which had been posted on social media, a spokeswoman told Reuters.
The photos displaying the plants had been taken from a helicopter camera as the riders approached the finish line in Igualada, positioned 65 kilometres outdoors of Barcelona.
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The 166.9 kilometre stage starting in Valls was won by German rider Nikias Arndt.
The spokeswoman added that no arrests had been produced and there was an ongoing investigation to obtain the culprits.
The Vuelta, a gruelling 21-day race by means of Spain and components of France and Andorra, is the final Grand Tour of the year and finishes on 15 September.
Slovenian Primoz Roglic at present leads the race immediately after winning Tuesday’s person time trial.