Monday, the Northeast Iceland Police confiscated 58 cannabis plants during a house search on a farm in Svarfaðardalur, near Dalvík, RÚV reports. The suspected cultivators of the plants received an ISK 1 million (USD 7,500, EUR 7,000) award for innovation in organic farming last year.
In addition to the 58 cannabis plants, 100 grams of cannabis and equipment for cultivation were confiscated.
A second house search related to the case was carried out in Akureyri, revealing dozens of liters of a chlorine mixture, which had been offered for sale as medication on the internet. The director of health warned against the use of such a mixture in 2010.
Three men were arrested in connection with the case, but they were released following questioning. No farming is practiced at the farm, Hæringsstaðir, but the buildings are rented out.
The house searches were done after the Public Health Authority of North Iceland pressed charges, claiming that a mixture was being made of chlorine and citric acid, intended as medicine.