A man caught growing marijuana in Keelung City yesterday, December 20, told police that the 186 plants were for his own use.
Police raided a house on Fuyi Street, after receiving a tip-off that the 50-year-old man, named Chen, was cultivating marijuana in the building.
Police investigators found 13 mature plants, 173 seedlings, 13 bags of dried cannabis with a total weight of 549 grams, cultivation equipment, and other evidence.
The plants were grown under lights, with black cloth covering the windows, and fans used to disperse the smell.
Chen said that he had obtained the seeds and information on how to cultivate marijuana on the Internet. He said that he had no intention of selling or trafficking marijuana, but only grew for his own use. However, police remained suspicious of his statement because of the large amount of plants involved, and are continuing to investigate the case.
After interrogation, Chen was handed over to the District Prosecutor to be charged with offenses related to the production of a Category 2 class drug.
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