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Singaporean duo arrested for growing weed in Yishun flat; had instructions pasted on walls

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a close up of a basket: View of makeshift greenhouse interior set up within a residential unit. Photo: CNB View of makeshift greenhouse interior set up within a residential unit. Photo: CNB

If you thought growing weed in Singapore was impossible, well, you clearly lack imagination. Thing is, you’re almost definitely going to get caught doing it. And if you’re these guys, you can remove the “almost.”

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) revealed last night that they arrested two Singaporeans on Monday after raiding a makeshift marijuana lab (and we’re being generous with that description) that the pair had set up in a room of an HDB flat in Yishun (surprise!), along Street 31.

The suspects were a 44-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, according to the CNB statement, which added that officers had found glass drug paraphernalia, two pots containing cannabis plants, and — this is kind of hilarious slash adorable — printed and written instructions on how to cultivate cannabis pasted onto the walls of the room.

No, seriously. Check out their lab below:

Equipment and instructions on cultivation of cannabis plants found in Yishun HDB flat. Photo: CNB

Equipment and instructions on cultivation of cannabis plants found in Yishun HDB flat. Photo: CNB
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It looks like the pair had been growing one of the pots of cannabis for some time before starting on the other, judging by photos released by CNB. There was also a DIY greenhouse complete with UV lights set up in the room.

CNB caught a whiff of the pair’s activities after officers were tipped off by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), the statement said.

So how did they find our sad little attempt at a pot empire? Apparently they found “glass apparatuses” for smoking (bongs? pipes?) while scanning packages at the SingPost Centre in Paya Lebar. Pro tip to future drug kingpins: Don’t have drug paraphernalia mailed to you in Singapore.

If found guilty, the duo each face up to 20 years’ jail, a S$40,000 (about US$29,000) fine, or both.

This article, Breaking Dumb: Singaporean duo arrested for growing weed in Yishun flat; had instructions pasted on walls, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company. 

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