Ampang man secretly grows marijuana among chilli plants, gets sniffed out anyway


AMPANG JAYA: A new tactic by ‘potheads’ of planting marijuana and chilli plants in the same pot was uncovered by police at a house in Kampung Cheras Baru here on Monday.

Ampang Jaya district police chief ACP Hamzah Alias said based on a tip-off, a team from the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division raided the house of a man in his 30s at about 9.10pm.

"The officers found two marijuana plants, 47 to 60 centimetres tall, planted in between chilli plants in a large pot in the garden.

"Police also found three saplings, 10 to 25 centimetres tall, planted in small containers and placed inside the toilet," he said at a press conference here yesterday.

Hamzah said they also seized a translucent plastic packet containing dry leaves suspected to be processed marijuana, weighing 4.80 grams and worth RM100, as well as a few marijuana seedlings.

He said the man, who lives in the house with his wife, tested positive for marijuana and has a criminal record related to drug possession.

"Initial investigations revealed that the (marijuana was grown for) his own personal use, but we are still trying to find out when he started this activity," he said. -- BERNAMA