Pokemon Go player in Austria sniffs out illegal cannabis garden

People play Pokemon Go at El Olivar park in San Isidro district of Lima, Peru on Sept 2, 2016.
People play Pokemon Go at El Olivar park in San Isidro district of Lima, Peru on Sept 2, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

VIENNA (AFP) - The Pokemon Go craze hit a high on Thursday (Sept 15) after a player in Austria chasing one of the computer game's virtual cartoon monsters stumbled across an illegal cannabis garden, the police said.

The young man noticed a "strong smell" coming from a greenhouse at the back of a garden in Weibern in northern Austria and informed the police, a spokesman told AFP.

The 50-year-old father of the owner of the house has been charged under drugs laws.

The hugely popular smartphone app uses satellite locations, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings. It has already been blamed for a slew of accidents and traffic violations.