Police in the German state of Saxony have followed their noses to uncover an illegal cannabis plantation, authorities reported on Friday.

The police stated in a report that they were inspecting a garage in the village of Tannenbergsthal, 13 kilometres from the Czech border, when they noticed a “peculiar smell” coming from a nearby warehouse.

The report noted that a closer inspection showed that the heated building was home to over 50 cannabis plants.

It added that the plot of land belonged to a 39-year-old man, who is now being investigated by police for manufacturing illegal drugs.