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Gangs at war over Swiss cannabis plantations

The public prosecutor of St Gallen ordered the detention in custody of two suspects on Wednesday following a shooting at an industrial building in Altstätten earlier this week which led to the discovery of a large cannabis plantation.


Police found and dismantled the plantation after a shootout on Sunday night in which two Swiss men allegedly shot and injured two others, one of which remains in a critical condition.

The plantation, which contained several thousand cannabis plants, was believed to be a professional operation, reports news agency ATS, one of an increasing number in Switzerland.

Last year St Gallen police uncovered some 70 plantations in the canton, against just 17 in 2013.

Earlier this month Zurich police found a plantation of 10,000 plants at Bülach.

The Altstätten shooting illustrates an increasing problem in the country as cannabis growers attempt to protect their illegal plantations from rival gangs eager to...

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