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American man arrested for growing marijuana in Kaohsiung home

2018/12/13 17:46:05

Kaohsiung, Dec. 13 (CNA) An American man has been arrested for growing marijuana at his home in Kaohsiung, with a variety of marijuana products seized during a police raid of the property, Kaohsiung police announced Thursday.

According to the police, the 63-year-old U.S. citizen, an English teacher identified only by his surname Cox, was arrested at his Kaohsiung home on Dec. 3.

Police said they surveilled Cox for more than two months after receiving a tipoff in October.

Five marijuana plants and 1.75 kilograms of related products with a market value of NT$200,000 (US$6,500) were seized, including dried marijuana flower, hemp cream and production equipment, police said.

Cox admitted to growing marijuana at home, telling police that he got the seeds from an American friend five years ago and had just started making related items for self use.

Police said they are looking into his statement and the investigation is ongoing.

Although Kaohsiung prosecutors asked for Cox to be taken into custody, the local district court released him on bail of NT$100,000.

(By Cheng Chih-feng and Flor Wang)