A Farmville player has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis on the popular Facebook simulation game.
Details emerging reveal a man, believed to be in his mid 30s, was arrested when police checked his computer and discovered an online cannabis farm with a potential street value of half a million pounds.
Neighbours alerted police after reading some suspicious status updates on the popular social networking site. But other neighbours spoke of the shock they felt when they heard the news.
"He seemed like a normal guy," said one local resident "a bit geeky perhaps but certainly not someone responsible for a criminal operation on that kind of scale".
Although there is no suggestion the man had any plans to sell the drugs on the street, it seems clear he was using the illegal operation to amass enough "Experience Points" to increase his player level.
"We take cannabis cultivation extremely seriously, be it in an actual field or a virtual reality simulation" said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police "we cannot allow our children to encounter such harmful substances on our streets or information superhighways".
Facebook was quick to condemn the man but said it should not be allowed to "ruin the fun for the many other law-abiding, desperately-lonely users who are merely looking for an amusing way to pass their tediously mundane and fruitless lives".