Police raided an indoor plantation for marijuana at a two-storey house in a Yuen Long village on Wednesday afternoon, and arrested a man at the scene.
A total of 329 pots with 16 kilograms of cannabis and cannabis buds worth at least HK$2 million were seized from both floors of the house at Pak Sha Tsuen, Apple Daily reported. Each floor has an area of 350 square feet.
The house had been installed with a temperature regulation system and spotlights apparently intended to speed up the growth of the plants.
Sources said the plantation had been in operation for nine months.
Most of the seized cannabis plants and buds were almost ready for harvest, and the produce was intended for distribution to entertainment establishments in Kowloon West.
A 39-year-old man who is believed to have been cultivating the plants was arrested.
He said he is a self-employed driver, although police said he is known to have connections with a triad gang.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, the maximum penalty for cultivation of cannabis is 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine of HK$100,000.
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