Man detained for allegedly growing cannabis at home

James Kon

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officers detained a permanent resident for allegedly planting cannabis at a residence in Kampong Tungku.

The officers on inspecting the suspect’s house, reportedly found cannabis seeds and plants, a pill and a plastic packet containing powder like substance, both believed to be controlled drugs and an apparatus believed to be used for drug consumption, the NCB stated in a release yesterday.

The officers also seized a tent, LED light and a fan used to plant cannabis.

The 23-year-old unemployed man is under investigation for several offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA).

Under Section 8 of the MDA, cultivating cannabis carries a minimum three years’ imprisonment or a BND5,000 fine or both and a maximum 20 years’ imprisonment or a BND40,000 fine or both; Section 6(a) of MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession of controlled drugs that carries imprisonment of up to 10 years or a BND20,000 fine or both; Section 6(b) of MDA, Chapter 27 for the consumption of controlled drugs which carries imprisonment of up to 10 years or a BND20,000 fine or both; and Section 7 of MDA, Chapter 27 for the possession of utensils used for drug consumption that carries imprisonment of up to three years or a BND10,000 fine or both.

The NCB stated that involvement in any form of drug-related activities, including the cultivation of plants in which its extracts can be used as controlled drugs, are regarded as serious offences that can carry capital punishment under the MDA, Chapter 27.

NCB also thanked the public for the support to eradicate drug activities in the country.

Information on drug-related activities can be relayed at 2448877 (office hours), hotline 8777444 (after working hours) or email to [email protected]

A packet containing cannabis seeds seized from the residence
Pots believed to contain cannabis seedlings seized from the residence. PHOTOS: NCB