Ivy League graduate arrested for marijuana possession in Taiwan

Taiwanese man studied criminal psychology in the U.S.

  2006
A marijuana plant found at Hsu's home (photo courtesy of Taipei City Police)

A marijuana plant found at Hsu's home (photo courtesy of Taipei City Police) (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A man who graduated in criminal psychology from an Ivy League college in the United States was arrested in Taipei Tuesday for the possession of marijuana.

Police received a tip last August that a man named Hsu (許), 34, was growing the banned weed plant at his home in the capital’s Daan District, the Apple Daily reported.

Officers kept an eye on him and finally struck on December 18, entering his home with a search warrant and arresting him, his live-in girlfriend named Hou (侯), 24, and a roommate named Chang (張), 34.

In the apartment, they found a living marijuana plant, 37 grams of marijuana products, and utensils used in the drug’s manufacturing and distribution.

Hsu had reportedly studied the subject during his time in the U.S. and bought the necessary implements there before returning to Taiwan. Apart from starting up the growing of marijuana at home, he also invested in a restaurant, according to the Apple Daily.