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CIB raids cannabis factory in Keelung, arrests suspect

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday that it arrested a suspect surnamed Hung over allegations that he ran a secret cannabis factory in an old house in Keelung City.

The CIB's 7th Investigation Corps said it recently received a report from citizens claiming that a marijuana garden was hidden in the Zhongzheng District of Keelung. Investigators said they discovered that the 43-year-old Hung, who has a criminal record, is suspected of running the garden.

The bureau said the house is located half way up a mountain, where very few people pass by. Several surveillance cameras were reportedly installed around the house.

After investigating the case for months, the CIB on Tuesday morning raided the house, arrested Hung, and discovered 99 pots of cannabis plants, natrium lamps and exhaust fans, an investigator said.

The bureau said the way Hung tended to the cannabis was professional, explaining that in addition to planting the pots by zones, Hung installed several natium lamps, exhaust fans and dehumidifiers to boost the growth of the marijuana.

Hung admitted that he moved from Pingtung to Keelung to avoid his debts of over NT$1 million, the CIB said, noting that Hung said he wanted to grow cannabis to repay his debts.

The CIB has transferred Hung to the Keelung District Prosecutors Office on charges of violating the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act.

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