50-year-old Angelica Navarro Pereira who boasted to neighbours that she had the ‘best Christmas tree in the world’ was arrested after police revealed that the it was actually a gigantic marijuana plant.
Neighbour Renato Quinonez Alfaro, 55, said: ‘Thinking about it, she didn’t invite me in to see her tree.
‘When I spoke to her yesterday she said her children were going to really enjoy Christmas this year and that she had the best tree in the world.
‘I don’t remember seeing her taking one in
Now I know why.’
Pereira was arrested with £2,500 in cash, 21 cannabis plants, two homemade shotguns and 29 bags of drugs.
Police raided her home San Bernardo, in the southern Chilean province of Maipo, and found the ‘tree’ surrounded by wrapped-up presents.
A police spokesman said: ‘The place was full of drugsWe had been investigating this woman for over a month.
‘We suspected she was involved in trafficking and when we had enough proof we carried out our raid.
‘We expected to find some drugs, but the last thing we expected to see was one of the plants being used as a Christmas tree.’