A Chinese man has been arrested in the Bangkapi district of Bangkok following information provided by Mr. Ma Ho Yin who was apprehended last month in a largescale drug sting involving the growing and distribution of marijuana via a Line group called “Heaven Herb”.
The latest arrest in connection with the distribution network happened on Tuesday on Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24/3 where 41-year-old Wu Ding Bin was detained and charged with growing 1,000 cannabis plants in a warehouse.
Mr. Bin was using a warehouse on Soi On Nut 82 in Bangkok to grow a range of organic cannabis varieties which were then distributed through courier services to customers who purchased the marijuana via Line.
Upon arrest, Mr. Bin denied all charges claiming he was just an electrician and knew nothing about the cannabis growing despite police obtaining security camera footage of the man frequently visiting the warehouse with a large bag.
The warehouse had special air-conditioning and lights to assist the growth of the marijuana plants with a monthly electricity bill of between 70,000 and 100,000 baht in addition to 40,000 baht per month in rent.
Prior to the arrest, the electricity had been cut off at the building and the plants inside had died according to Pol Lt Gen Pakapong Pongpetra, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau.
Mr. Bin has been visiting Thailand since 2018, entering on a tourist visa followed by a student visa claiming to learn Muay Thai.
The cannabis was sold for up to 700,000 baht per kilogram with millions of baht worth of marijuana grown and sold from the warehouse every month.
Source: Bangkok Post