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Dubai police raid Emirati man’s ‘sophisticated’ marijuana nursery

The man, who has been arrested, had set up his house with lighting, irrigation, and ventilation systems to grow the plants

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Pictures released by Dubai’s police this week show an unusual find – dozens of marijuana plants growing in an Emirati man’s villa.

The man, who has been arrested, had set up his house with lighting, irrigation, and ventilation systems to grow the plants, a two minute video released by the police showed.

The suspect “claimed the plants were grown for his personal use,” the local daily Khaleej Times reported. But police believe that the large quantity of plants show that the crop was likely to be sold.

Officers also found and seized several dozen marijuana plants in a raid on a villa in another emirate, according to the daily.

The man holds several university degrees and has a “good job,” according to police.

The UAE and its Gulf neighbors have strict drug laws. The possession of illegal drugs, which includes marijuana, hashish, cocaine and heroin, carries a minimum jail term of four years.