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Rooftop ganja farmer arrested
- Published: 6/09/2013 at 08:24 AM
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Urban farming has come to Thailand. Unfortunately, the crop involved is illegal and Nattapon Pattanaprateepkul is big trouble as a result.
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Roof-top ganja farmer arrested
Urban farming has come to Thailand.
Unfortunately, the crop involved is illegal and Nattapon Pattanaprateepkul is in big trouble as a result.
He was arrested at his home yesterday by Chon Buri police for growing more than 200 marijuana plants on the roof deck of the three-storey townhouse in Muang district.
Mr Nattapon, 29, a master’s degree holder, described himself as an avid cannabis user. He said he had cultivated his plants for his own use and for sale for three years before the police, acting on a tip-off arrested him.
Mr Nattapon told police he learned how to cultivate the marijuana plant from the internet and purchased about two dozen species of seeds online from foreign sources costing him 300 baht each.
He sold his "magic weed" at between 15,000-20,000 baht per kilogramme, depending on the plant’s species
The house, where the elaborate growing operation was found, was owned by Mr Nattapon’s father. The man's "secret garden” was installed with an insect-proof net, wall-mounted fans and an automatic sprinkler system.
Rooftop marijuana grower Nattapon Pattanaprateepkul was arrested at his home in Chon Buri on Thursday.
Mr Nattapon was charged with consuming and producing a Type 5 drug.
Mr Nattapon told reporters he used marijuana to relax and never caused anyone any trouble.
Well, he did cause trouble for one person – himself.
Adapted from a story on bangkokpost.com
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