Spanish police got more than they bargained for when they went in search of a marijuana farm – and ended up unearthing an illegal bitcoin (BTC) mining operation instead.
Per Xataka and an official police report, officers were investigating what they initially thought was an “indoor marijuana plantation” in stables in Santiponce, a small town near Seville.
But as they began to deepen their investigation, they realized that the stables had actually been converted for another purpose. When they eventually raided the facility, they found “a cryptocurrency farm” – an unusual development as there are “hardly any records” of such operations in Spain.
Energy costs are relatively high in Spain, and cooling prices are yet higher. Summer temperatures can soar up to around 38 degrees Celsius.