Santorini police crack skunk labs

Police on the southeastern Aegean island of Santorini have dismantled two labs producing high-potency cannabis known as skunk, it was announced on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, officers conducted raids on the two labs over the course of 10 days, in the towns of Imerovigli and Fira, seizing a total of 64 plants believed to have a possible yield of 20 kilograms of skunk, the police said.

According to police sources, two men who were arrested during the raids on suspicion of running the labs and planning to traffic the narcotic during the peak tourist season in August.

Skunk, which derives its name from its overpowering odor, is a high-potency strain of cannabis that has seen increased circulation and use worldwide over the past five years. According to a report by the British Journal of Psychiatry, heavy skunk users are seven times more at risk of psychosis than regular cannabis users.

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