Kuwait expat arrested for growing marijuana plants

May 9, 2013

The marijuana plant discovered in the police operation. – Al Aan

Police in Kuwait have arrested an expatriate for growing marijuana in a garden.

According to reports in the capital, Kuwait City, the Bangladeshi suspect had planted the marijuana in the middle of similar-looking plants in the garden he was supposed to look after.

The police arrested him after they acted on a tip about the man’s suspicious activities, local news site Al Aan reported on Monday.

His Kuwaiti sponsor denied any knowledge about the growing operation and the suspect confirmed that he brought the seeds from Bangladesh and that he grew the marijuana without informing his employer.

In July 2010, Kuwait’s criminal court sentenced a Kuwaiti national to death by hanging for growing marijuana in his garden.

The man was arrested by the police following tips that he used his garden in Al Qusoor, in Al Mubarak Al Kabeer area, to grow marijuana and sell it.

His sons, initially included in the investigation, were eventually freed.

Three months earlier, the interior ministry said that its officers raided the biggest marijuana garden in Kuwait.

The house owner was arrested “under the influence” and in possession of a number of marijuana plants, both in the garden and in dried form, the police said, without giving details of how many plants were seized.

Different pots with seedlings and a big quantity of newly picked plants were also found at the house.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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