Chinese man with 1,000 marijuana plants linked to illicit weed service

Police survey roughly 1,000 marijuana plants inside a warehouse in the On Nut area.
Police survey roughly 1,000 marijuana plants inside a warehouse in the On Nut area.

A Chinese man was arrested yesterday in his residence in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district after police investigating an illicit weed delivery service were led to his home.

Wu Ting Pin, 41, was taken into police custody on suspicion of smuggling and selling marijuana via a delivery service called “Heaven Herb” that was busted last month. Along with arresting Wu, officers found more than 1,000 marijuana plants inside a warehouse in Soi On Nut 82. 

Wu told police that he was only a warehouse electrician and uninvolved with the one-time booming bud biz.

Police charged him with possession and production of illegal drugs. The 1,000-plus marijuana plants were taken to the Prawet Police Station. 

Last month, 12 people – 11 Thais and a Hong Kong national – were arrested along with 317 marijuana plants, 7.5 kilograms of weed and 1 kilogram of magic mushrooms – all worth millions of baht – at multiple venues in Bangkok and its outskirts. They were selling drugs via Line account @heavenherb, which dispatched deliverymen disguised as legit employees of food delivery platforms such as Grab or Foodpanda. 

Though medical use of cannabis has been legalized in Thailand, any possession or use outside of strictly controlled access is still a serious crime.

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