Former diplomat arrested for allegedly planting 100 marijuana trees

Police considers the case as the largest raid of cannabis trees in the history of narcotics in the country


POLICE have arrested a former Malaysian diplomat who allegedly planted 100 marijuana trees and owned the plantation around his home in Janda Baik, Pahang.

According to Harian Metro, the case is considered the largest raid of cannabis trees in the history of narcotics in the country as previous most raids involved cannabis trees planted in pots.

The source said the 78-year-old man was caught as a result of effort made by the Bukit Tinggi police station and the Bentong district police headquarters under the Ops Tapis operation carried out on the suspect’s residence.

He added that the raid was carried out by policemen from the narcotics crime investigation division around 6pm yesterday.

“The police detained the man as soon as they found a row of land which was believed to be for cannabis trees planting.”

The police also discovered rows of cannabis trees planted around the residence. Further examination, they found a liquid in a container believed to be cannabis oil as well as dried cannabis leaves.

Based on the evidence, the suspect is believed to have planted the cannabis tree seriously.

Source added that the police are still investigating how the suspect acquired the cannabis tree seeds and why they were planted on such a massive scale.

The suspect is remanded until May 28.

Until yesterday afternoon, there were about 10 police officers stationed outside the suspect’s home.

Several members from the police forensic unit were also there to continue their investigation on the item found as evidence.

However, Harian Metro reporters and photographers were asked to leave the location.

It is understood that the suspect who previously worked at the Malaysian embassy in South-East Asia and the Middle East will be investigated under Section 39B, Section 6B and Section 6 of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.