Reporters discovered marijuana plants growing just outside Osama bin Laden’s million-dollar mansion in Abbottabad, northwestern Pakistan this week.
The marijuana plants were growing next to other crops including cabbages and potatoes, reported CNN’s Nick Robertson. Lines of plants were growing in the dry fields all around the 16-foot-high concrete walls surrounding the compound where the al Qaeda leader was in hiding for five to six years.
These illegal plants which have been growing undiscovered may have been used to ease the kidney problems Bin Laden has faced in recent years, according to Daily Mail.
Furthermore, some of the local residents, who reportedly had no idea who was living inside the compound, witnessed two young men who called themselves Akbar and Rashid Khan from the compound making regular trips for bulk food orders and grocery basket with ample supplies of Coke and Pepsi. The two men owned the fortified home, according to Bloomberg.
Grocer Anjum Qaisar, 27, who works 150 meters from the compound, told Bloomberg Bin Laden’s men “never came by foot, they always drove a Pajero or a little Suzuki van, and they bought enough food for ten people.”
“I was curious about why they bought so much food, but I did not want to be rude by asking,” he added.