Having plants around can be fun.
Give the love of your life a rose for something romantic, or maybe even a spider plant to spice up your balcony. Perhaps you even thought about growing your own?
Well as long as you don’t grow drugs locally of course.
The Misuse of Drug Act states that any form of drug use, export or import is illegal here and you can be heavily charged for doing so.
So if you get caught like a certain two suspects we’re about to talk about, then all I can say is, you should’ve read the rules first.
Planting Their Defeat
Sorry, I really couldn’t stop myself.
On 9 September 2019, officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) arrested two suspects in a residential unit on Yishun Street 31 for growing cannabis.
The suspects were a 44-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman.
Just a little before that, Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers found a parcel at the SingPost office containing a glass apparatus. They suspected that it was used to consume drugs.
I’m not an illegal smuggler, but why the heck would you send one of your tools through an official post service? Pretty silly honestly, tactfulness -100.
Also, a 35-year-old man, who was the guy going to get said parcel, was arrested as well.
In fact, take a look at the picture below. The two main suspects really worked hard on their cultivation.
Reflective surfaces, special pink lighting and controlled temperature to cultivate the cannabis plants. The pair had the whole package going.
They even had instructions written for cultivating the plant, which suggests that they probably intended to do this for a while.
If only you put all that hard work into doing something else. Sucks to suck, I guess.
Extremely High-Profile Crime
Fair warning, cannabis is a class A controlled drug according to the Misuse of Drug Act.
Then again fair warning if you have drugs on you in general.
The punishment for cultivating the cannabis plants could have the suspects jailed for 20 years, fined $40,000 or both.
This isn’t the first cannabis case either.
In September 2016, CNB seized two cannabis plants, along with 1kg of cannabis and other drugs worth about $38,000 from a residence in Punggol Place.
ICA treats such crimes very seriously and will continue to conduct checks on anyone at checkpoints to prevent cases like this from happening.
Do you know the saying “low crime doesn’t mean no crime”?
Well, this case is more like high crime makes your lifetime fly. Obligatory high pun too because y’know, drugs?
Ok, I’ll stop now.
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