38 ganja plants seized from Puchong condo, three nabbed
The Sun Daily
Ashwin Kumar
15 June 2017

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SHAH ALAM: A well-organised syndicate growing 38 Ganja plants in a condominium unit was busted on Monday, with the arrests of three people including a couple.

Selangor Deputy police chief DCP Datuk Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said the Selangor Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) intelligence team picked up a couple near Seri Kembangan at about 5pm after a tip-off.

"Police found slabs of ganja in their car weighing about 8.99g. After interrogation, the duo brought the raiding team to a condominium unit in Puchong where police detained a man in the house," he told reporters at a press conference at the state police headquarters here today.

Ab Rashid said checks in the house revealed that the syndicate grew 38 ganja plants. Half of them were placed at their unit's balcony.

"The remaining ganja plants were placed in a room at a controlled temperature with lights installed to give enough exposure for the growth of the plant.

"The ganja plants seized, ranging from 20cm to 100cm tall, were meant for the syndicate's business," he said, adding that investigators learnt that those arrested were skilful in cultivating ganja plants indoors.

The condominium was being rented for RM1,500

The condominium was being rented for RM1,500 and the syndicate believed to be active since the beginning of the year.

Ab Rashid revealed the couple were also involved in an online cosmetic business.

"Police also believe the suspects got their ganja seeds for their cultivation online too," he added.

He said the trio, aged between 21 and 33, have been remanded until Saturday and further investigation would be carried out to determine if the group had been active in selling and advertising drugs on the internet.

mandatory death penalty upon conviction

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952, which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction and Section 6B of the same act for restriction on planting or cultivation of certain plants.

Last month, a 58-year-old army veteran, who goes by the moniker "Dr Ganja", was detained by police after he was found for growing ganja in his house in Klang which he prescribed as medicine for those unable to seek treatment.

The man had promoted the benefits of using ganja and hemp on social media and had garnered a following.

Meanwhile, police have detained 15 individuals in their 20's and 40's over their involvement in separate drug pushing syndicates in multiple raids conducted by the Selangor NCID last week in Gombak, Seri Kembangan, Ampang Jaya and Setapak, Kuala Lumpur.

"The overall drug seizure weighing about 33.4kg estimated around RM81,000," Ab Rashid added.

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