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Four Taiwanese arrested for growing marijuana at rented houses

They kept pit bulls to stop strangers from coming near premises

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(Yunlin District Persecutors Office photo)

(Yunlin District Persecutors Office photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Four Taiwanese men were arrested for growing marijuana plants at rented houses in southern Taiwan’s Yunlin County on Wednesday (April 13).

Yunlin District Prosecutors Office Head Prosecutor Wu Wen-cheng (吳文城) told media outlets that a 26-year-old man surnamed Huang and three accomplices had purchased marijuana seeds online and grew them into plants in the county’s Huwei and Dapi townships, CNA reported.

Wu added that a prosecutor had directed police to form a task force to keep track of what the group was doing and secretly collect evidence against them.

The task force found that Huang and the others set up the houses so they were suitable for growing weed, per CNA. They bought potting soil and irrigation equipment, built trellises, and applied fertilizer regularly. When the plants were ready, they dried the flowers and leaves and made them into marijuana products for sale.

They also kept pit bulls to stop strangers from coming near the premises, according to the CNA report.

The task force searched the rented houses on Wednesday and arrested Huang and the other three. They seized 467 marijuana plants, a batch of marijuana products, and equipment for growing the plants and manufacturing them into products, per CNA.

According to the task force, the group had grown the plants for about three to four months, and it was time to harvest them.

The group was suspected of breaking the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act and was detained. If convicted, they could each face a minimum of five years in jail and a fine of NT$5 million.

Four Taiwanese arrested for growing marijuana at rented houses
(Yunlin District Persecutors Office photo)