A 24 year-old man was arrested, and police raided a house in Hsinchu County today, seizing 254 cannabis plants and equipment related to cultivation.
United Daily News reported that the man’s father, Mr Hsieh, had rented a two story house in a remote mountain district of Hsinchu County, and engaged his son, a graduate in diplomacy with strong English language skills, to purchase equipment and materials online.
Mr Hsieh Senior lived in one room of the house and used the other rooms to cultivate cannabis.
Officers of the Third Special Police Corps first arrested the younger Hsieh after accessing Internet records of purchase orders and matching records with his Facebook profile. Hsieh Junior is currently serving substitute military service under Taiwan’s compulsory military conscription program after graduating from a national university diplomacy department.
The senior Hsieh is said to have fled, and police are currently trying to trace his whereabouts.
Mr Hsieh senior has an outstanding arrest warrant on drug-related charges issued earlier this year, and had returned to Taiwan from China after a nightclub he operated went out of business.