English Teachers Busted for Growing and Selling Pot

A Nepalese man was arrested yesterday after police raided properties in Taoyuan City and New Taipei City yesterday. A total of 220 cannabis plants, along with one kilogram of dried and prepared product, were found in the raids.

Police first raided a residence in Pingzhen District, Taoyuan City belonging to a 39 year-old Taiwanese man named Wei. Wei was found to be in possession of 191 marijuana plants and 1 kilogram of dried cannabis. Wei led them to a 42 year-old Nepalese man who media reports described as the mastermind of the operation. The reports name the man by the single Chinese character “Jin” (金).

Most reports accessed by Taiwan English News stated that Jin, who has lived in Taiwan for more than 10 years, had recruited Wei when they both worked at a cram school as English teachers. Jin had imported the seeds to Taiwan, and Wei served as the “farmer” in the operation. The finished product was sold to young people in nightclubs.

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A picture of Jin being paraded by police from a Liberty Times Network report.

When police raided Jin’s home in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, they found 29 cannabis plants in his bathroom.

A report by Formosa TV said that the suspects still served as English teachers, and as such, served as the worst examples. However, other reports state that the pair had quit their jobs for a more lucrative business. China Times reported that Jin had been an English teacher for many years, and had made a good salary at a cram school. However, the report stated, Jin was more proficient in drugs, and simply abandoned the English teaching business and switched to drug trafficking instead.

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