Drugs haul found on Copenhagen Opera House roof

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image captionCopenhagen Opera House opened to the public in 2005

Police in the Danish capital Copenhagen have revealed that they seized 75kg (165lbs) of marijuana found on the roof of the city's prestigious Opera House earlier this year.

Authorities have made the discovery of the stash public after seven months of investigations drew a blank, and are now treating the dozens of blocks of drugs as "lost property", Danish TV 2 reports. The drugs were uncovered in February by workmen who were on the roof repairing water damage, and police kept it secret in the hope that the owner might return to recover their illicit goods, Ekstra Bladet newspaper says.

Theatre manager Morten Hesseldahl told Ekstra Bladet that several hundred people visit the Opera House every day, and despite precautions, it would be easy for determined smugglers to gain access. "We have reception and guards. But it's possible, for example, to open a door from the inside, so you can access the House," he said.

It's thought that the marijuana might have belonged to a drug dealer on the nearby "Pusher Street", an open-air cannabis market in the Christiana district which both residents and police are trying to close down, The Local news website says. However, it appears the true owner may never be known, with Commissioner Steffen Steffensen telling Ekstra Bladet that the case is now officially closed: "As it stands, we're no longer pursuing the case."

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image captionCopenhagen Police are now treating the drugs as "lost property"

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