Police from Taoyuan City launched raids in two separate municipalities, uncovering marijuana growing operations in New Taipei City and Changhua City, Friday, January 21, and Saturday, January 22.
Police from Zhongli Branch of Taoyuan City Police Bureau coordinated with police from Shulin Branch of New Taipei City and Keelung Port Police Corps to conduct a pre-dawn raid on a house in Shulin District, New Taipei City yesterday, January 21. The raid uncovered 686 live cannabis plants, and 15 kilograms of dried cannabis leaf and tops being grown and processed in nine rooms from the 3rd to 5th floors of the 5-storey house. Police used two twenty-ton trucks to transport the evidence back to Taoyuan City.
A 49-year-old man, named Lin, was arrested in association with the case. Lin is said to have become unemployed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to have spent 1.5 years learning how to grow cannabis. After several attempts and failures, Lin had finally mastered the techniques, and had just begun to reap the benefits of his first successful harvest when police received a tip-off about the operation several days ago.
Police estimate the haul to be worth around NT$100 million. Taoyuan City Mayor, Chen Wen-tsan commended police at a press conference yesterday afternoon, and distributed bonuses as a reward for cracking the case. Mayor Chen commented on the strong odor coming from the plants, and said that it made him feel dizzy.
Grow-op busted in Changhua City
An investigation by the Longtan Police Branch of Taoyuan City Police Bureau led to a dawn raid on a property in Changhua City this morning, January 22. Police officers from Taoyuan City, Nantou County, and Changhua County uncovered a haul of 206 cannabis plants and more than 2 kilograms of dried marijuana. Police arrested three people, including the main suspect, a 38-year-old man, named Huang.
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