A man arrested after police raided his apartment and found 18 marijuana plants, said that he had decided to grow his own marijuana because it had become so expensive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to police statements at a press conference today, December 31, police were tipped off on December 23 that a 35-year-old man named Huang was trafficking in marijuana.
After several days of investigation, police raided Huang’s residence in Sanchong District, and found 18 live cannabis plants, a small quantity of dried cannabis, lights, fertilizers, and other cultivation equipment.
Police had no problem identifying Huang’s residence, as he had a “Keep Calm and Smoke Weed poster on the front door of his apartment.
Huang said that he had purchased marijuana at a nightclub, and it had contained seeds, so he researched and began cultivating in order to save money. Huang claimed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the price of marijuana had risen from between an original price of NT$800-1,200 up to NT$2,000 (US$71) per gram.
Huang was charged on suspicion of cultivating, possessing, and selling a category 2 drug, and released on NT$50,000 bail.
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