Cannabis farming operation busted near military base in Taoyuan
Taoyuan, Sept. 27 (CNA) Law enforcement authorities recently raided a marijuana farm near a military base in Taoyuan, where 4,200 cannabis plants were found, and eight suspects were arrested, police said Tuesday.
In addition to the 4,200 plants, the authorities also found dried cannabis buds and drying equipment, which they seized, police told CNA.
It was the biggest marijuana seizure in Taiwan, where the production, sale and use of cannabis is illegal, police said, estimating that the plants and buds found on the Taoyuan farm were worth billions of Taiwan dollars.
According to local authorities, the marijuana was being grown on rented farmlands near the Army's 601st Aviation Brigade in the city's Longtan District.
Acting on a tipoff, police and prosecutors carried out the joint raid on Sept. 20, during which eight people were arrested, police said.
Six of the suspects were later identified as undocumented female migrant workers from Indonesia, who had absconded.
The other two were Taiwanese men, who are believed be members of a drug cartel and were working on the cannabis farm, police said.
Citing the scope of the marijuana farming operation, police said other people were most likely involved.
Prosecutors have obtained a court order to detain the eight suspects who were arrested, while the investigation is in progress, according to police.
Meanwhile, the authorities will uproot the plants on the farm, police said.
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