In a surprising incident, the Hyderabad Police arrested a man for growing marijuana inside his three-bedroom apartment. Nearly 9 kg of marijuana along with 40 pots containing its plants were seized from his apartment.
The peddlar, identified as Syed Shahed Hussain (33), is a resident of Manikonda and was arrested on Sunday while he was selling marijuana to customers.
With video tips from an American friend, he ensured that the conditions were made conducive and grew the plants with specific precision under controlled temperatures to allow cannabis to flower from the seeds.
Shahed is a former bank employee and operates from a flat at Friends Colony in Manikonda. His luck ran out when Special Task Force personnel raided the apartment and seized the plants. They were shocked after seeing the facilities, including humidifiers and LED lights to provide the right ambiance.
According to a Times of India report, Shahed has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has been staying at a rented flat at YK Residency in Friends Colony, Manikonda, for the part three months.
When police raided his flat, they found 40 ganja (cannabis) plants neatly placed in flower pots in two separate rooms.
“Shahed installed ACs in both rooms to maintain a conducive temperature. He also kept LED lights above the plants to maintain natural light-like situation and kept table fans in swing mode to give them sufficient air,” N Koti Reddy, Task Force additional commissioner of police (DCP) was quoted by Times of India as saying.
According to the report, Shahed, who himself has been addicted to ganja, began peddling for the past few years. He would reportedly purchase ganja from suppliers in Vishakhapatnam, East Godavari and Taudur areas for Rs 3,500 a kilo and sell it to customers for Rs 16,000 a kilo.