Jan 27, 2017 1:20 PM

City hall members nauseated from 'skunk' smell of 51 pot plants in NH police evidence room

PORTSMOUTH — City Hall employees started to feel nauseated when a "skunk smell" came through the vents of their building that a tomato bath sure wouldn't cure.

Portsmouth Police made a major marijuana bust at a Woodbury Avenue home on Jan. 11, seizing 51 pot plants.

Police took the plants into evidence while they waited for them to dry out so they could send them out to the state lab for testing, according to Lt. Mark Newport of the Portsmouth Police Department.

READ: 51 pot plants seized in 'sophisticated' Portsmouth grow house, worth about $100,000

Their police department is connected to city hall; police are on the second floor and City Hall is on the fourth. When police put the plants in their downstairs, unsealed evidence bike locker, the smell traveled. The smell apparently vented through the doors and up the elevator shaft, culminating the air within the City Hall.

Employees of the building started to complain that the smell was making some of them nauseous, Newport said.

The department took to a quick-fix of the problem until the plants were able to dry. Police officers sealed the door shut with plastic and duct tape. They also put an air purifier in the room to kill the odor.

According to Newport, the plants are dry and ready to be transported as early as the beginning of next week. He mentioned that since the plastic wrap was used to seal the room, the smell has no longer been creating a problem in the building.

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