Man caught growing marijuana garden in apartment

A resident in the Indonesian capital has been caught growing cannabis in his apartment, media reports said Thursday.

Police seized 28 pots of cannabis plants, 20 boxes of seeds, ultraviolet lamps, humidity measurement equipment and fertilizer from the 37-year-old suspect’s apartment in Jakarta’s west, Kompas.com reported.

“Growing (cannabis) indoors with ultraviolet lamps as a source of lighting is a new modus operandi,” West Jakarta police chief Rudy Heryanto was quoted as saying.

The suspect, identified only as DI, could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

Police said the plants originated from Vietnam and were different from varieties found in Indonesia.

The suspect claimed that he had only grown cannabis for seven months and the garden had not yielded a harvest, Rudy said.

“We urge apartment management to monitor residents so that this kind of things will not happen again,” he said.

Indonesia has stepped up its war on drugs since President Joko Widodo took office in 2014.

Last year the country executed 14 convicted drug traffickers, defying international pressure for clemency.

At least 121 people are currently on death row in Indonesia, including 35 foreigners, mostly convicted of drug-related crimes, according to the Justice Ministry.

 

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