The cannabis cultivation had been done on a 48 acre coconut estate and the police had seized 1100 plush cannabis plants and arrested two suspects. The arrested suspects are residents of the Nattandiya and Marawila areas. One of the suspects has been identified as the owner of the cultivation while the other is a hired worker.
The police said that the cannabis grown by the suspects is the variety used for the manufacture of Kerala Cannabis. These plants had been around 1 ½ months old and had grown to between 2-5 feet.
While Cannabis plans are generally propagated by seeds but in this case the suspects had grafted branches and obtained budded plants. The Cannabis plans had been planted in plastic pots using numerous fertilizers and pesticides toward off disease, while many of the cannabis plants were in the flowering stage.
The suspects had obtained the land on lease claiming to grow fruits, the investigations revealed. The police had also found an instrument made by the suspects to smoke Cannabis.
The stock of Cannabis seized by the police has not been estimated as yet and the cannabis is scheduled to be produced in the Marawila Magistrate’s Court.
Pics by Jude Samantha- Puttalam Corr.