A suspect found in possession of amphetamines, and cultivating marijuana, protested to police because the search warrant was issued to search for firearms, according to reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News.
Police in Shulin District, New Taipei City were tipped off several days ago that Mr Lin, 44, was modifying and selling firearms. A search warrant was executed on March 26, and police duly searched Lin’s residence.
As police entered Lin’s residence, Lin called out to a family member to flush drugs down the toilet, but police rushed in and prevented the loss of evidence.
As well as finding guns in the process of being modified, along with bullets and related equipment, police also found a pack of amphetamines, and 15 marijuana seedlings being grown under lights in a closet.
“Your search warrant is for guns: you can’t bust me for drugs,” Lin protested, drawing laughter from the investigators.
After interrogation, Lin was handed over to the New Taipei City District Prosecutor’s Office to face various charges relating to weapons and drugs.
Lin has previous criminal records for firearms and drug offenses, but United Daily News could not resist tying COVID-19 into the story.
“Man takes advantage of police busy with epidemic prevention to grow cannabis in closet” the United Daily News headline read.
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