Hong Kong authorities have busted a marijuana operation in the city’s Yuen Long district and impounded 75 pots of cannabis plants worth HK$1.34 million (US$172,860).
A Customs and Excise Department official said the agency received a tip-off two weeks ago that some people were growing marijuana at a 3,000-square-foot warehouse in Pak Sha Tsuen village.
Launching a stakeout on Tuesday, officials arrested a man who drove to the warehouse Wednesday night, impounding marijuana plants weighing 487 grams in his car, Singtao Daily reported.
The man then led officials to the warehouse where marijuana plants were grown.
According to officials, the warehouse was in fact a greenhouse equipped with air exhausters, sunlamps, air conditioners, humidity controllers and carbon-dioxide makers to facilitate growth of marijuana.
It is understood that the gang which operated the warehouse provided one-stop services that included production, packaging and marketing of the illegal substance.
According to customs officials, marijuana plants in the city are normally smuggled from South America.
It is believed that those found in the warehouse were newly planted.
According to the Dangerous Drug Ordinance, any person who cultivates any plant of the genus cannabis or opium poppy shall be liable upon conviction to a fine of HK$100,000 and imprisonment for 15 years.
And any person who traffics in a dangerous drug can face a fine of up to HK$5 million or imprisonment for life if convicted.
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