Bali designer tending to 22 marijuana plants in his N. Kuta residence: Police

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Police arrested a Bali-based fashion designer, identified as Nandi, 57, on July 7 and seized 10 “large” marijuana plants, some as high as two meters, and 12 “small” plants from his home in Canggu, North Kuta.

Not only did the plants get him in trouble, but 9.57 grams of dried cannabis leaves, stalks, and seeds, were also found in a jar during a search of Nandi’s home.

“He confessed to buying the marijuana seeds in the Kuta Beach area. He planted marijuana on his terrace and in his room,” Denpasar Police Chief Comr. Hadi Purnomo said on Tuesday, as quoted by Suara.

Nandi admitted to planting the seeds because of the level of difficulty obtaining cannabis in Bali, says Purnomo.

“He planted this marijuana, acting alone, and this is his first offense,” the police chief added.

Nandi has not yet been charged, but is suspected of violating Article 111, paragraph 2 of Law no. 35 of 2009 of Indonesia’s Law of Narcotics. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years and a heavy maximum of 20 years.

Correction: An earlier version of this story identified the suspect’s house as being located in Kuta, based on a report from Suara. However, it turn out his home is actually in Canggu, North Kuta. 

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