Military institute employee detained for allegedly growing marijuana

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/24/2020
By: Chen Yun-yu, Wu Jui-chi and
interns Grace Hu and Meryl Kao

CNA file photo for illustrative purpose only

Taipei, July 24 (CNA) A technician working at National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology in Taoyuan City has been ordered detained by the Taoyuan District Court after he was found growing marijuana in his dormitory, the military research institute said on Thursday.

The technician, identified only by his surname Hsieh (謝), has been an employee at the facility for about three years and was found suspiciously using an abnormally large amount of electricity and not turning off the lights in his dorm room in the past two months, according to the institute.

Staff there notified the Taoyuan Military Police and the Taoyuan Police Department's Longtan Precinct, which later found several marijuana plants and some equipment for use in growing the hallucinogenic drug in Hsieh's dorm on Wednesday, the institute said.

According to the police, Hsieh claimed that the marijuana was only grown for his own use, but the police are looking into whether he grew the plant to produce as drugs for selling.

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