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Crete police in hash raids

Every member of the police force in the prefecture of Rethymnon in Crete was involved yesterday in an operation that led to the uprooting of some 1,300 cannabis plants, and officers promised similar raids in the future. The plants were located, with the help of a police helicopter, in the agricultural area of Kamarioti. Officers pulled up all the plants, which measured up to 1.50 meters in height, and launched a search for those responsible for planting them. Local police chief Giorgos Boutsakis said that this was the first raid of its type this year and that more would soon follow. Meanwhile, a 29-year-old special police guard was charged on Sunday for drug possession for the second time in eight days. He was arrested in Omonia Square in Athens on Saturday after police found a small amount of heroin on him. The unnamed officer was suspended from the force last Wednesday after being arrested for a similar offense.