Man charged for growing cannabis plants in Yishun flat

Wan Ting Koh
One of the cannabis plants (left) seized in the CNB raid and the makeshift greenhouse (right) allegedly used in the cultivation of the plants. (PHOTOS: CNB)

SINGAPORE — One of the two Singaporeans arrested earlier this week for allegedly growing cannabis in a Yishun flat was charged with the offence on Wednesday (11 September).

Artamu Ibrahim, 44, was charged with one count of cultivating two cannabis plants at Block 336A Yishun Street 31 between July and 9 September this year.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, cannabis is a Class A controlled drug. The offence of growing cannabis plants carries a minimum jail term of three years or a fine of $5,000, or both. The maximum penalty is up to 20 years' jail and a fine of up to $40,000, or both.

The 52-year-old woman arrested in relation to the case has not been charged yet.

According to a press release, the Central Narcotics Bureau raided the unit after the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority detected glass apparatus suspected to be used for smoking drugs at the Parcel Post Section of SingPost Centre.

Inside the unit, officers found more glass apparatus, a makeshift greenhouse, two pots of cannabis plants as well as instructions – both printed and written – on how to cultivate the plants.

Both Artamu and the woman were nabbed on Monday.

Artamu has been remanded and will return to court on 18 September.

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