Reggio Emilia, November 26 - The pungent odour of marijuana plants wafting from a local police station in central Italy may have drawn attention from passers-by. But the local commander insists the entire situation was handled "in full legality". For several days, police in central Italy tenderly cared for numerous marijuana plants seized from a grow operation, to ensure the crop would survive for evaluation by prosecutors. With the help of police dog Duke, a German Shepherd, the plants were discovered at a farm in the hills between Quattro Castella, Vezzano, and Albinea in the Reggio Emilia province. After they were brought to the police station, officers cared for the plants, watering them carefully each day. The marijuana grow-op plantation was discovered after neighbours reported suspicious movement near a grove in the hills. Duke, who specializes in finding missing persons and drugs, then sniffed out the cannabis plants.