‘Marijuana factory’ owner in bahrain




A BAHRAINI who turned his home into a marijuana factory was yesterday jailed for 15 years.

The 24-year-old was convicted of possessing, using, selling and growing the drug from his home in Duraz, and was fined BD5,000.

The High Criminal Court also convicted him for possessing an unlicensed weapon, and handed out an additional month behind bars with a BD100 fine.

Police who raided the property on February 25 found bottles of drugs, marijuana leaves and seeds, in addition to money and 26 marijuana seedlings.

A range of tools for planting seedlings, along with cash, were also seized during the raid.

The Bahraini reportedly installed air-conditioning, lighting and temperature measuring devices to grow the plants.

Two other Bahraini men accused of using the drug have been jailed for 12 months each and fined BD100 by the same court.

One of them, who worked in a bank, earlier told prosecutors he smoked the drug abroad and was arrested upon arriving in Bahrain.

The other said he bought marijuana from the 24-year-old drug dealer for personal use.

However, they both denied the charges in court.

Lawyer Manar Maki, who represents the 24-year-old, earlier attempted to argue that her client was from a wealthy family and did not need to sell drugs.

She claimed the vegetation he had at his home were not marijuana plants and did not contain the compound Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the primary intoxicant in marijuana and hashish. Ms Maki also attempted to reduce the charges to using marijuana by arguing the drugs found at her client’s home were only for his personal use

Source: GDN

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