Man detained for possession of illegal substance

Crime: Police arrested a 34-year-old man in possession of 14 sticks and two joints of marijuana in Changzamtog on December 9.

Thimphu police raided a house opposite old call centre in Changzamtog at around 5:30 pm on Wednesday. About 68.75 grams of hashish was seized from the man.

Police said that one stick of the hashish would fetch around Nu 1,800. However, price fluctuates depending on the demand.

The man has been detained for further investigation.

According to the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Act of Bhutan 2015, cannabis is classified under schedule I of the act, describing it as narcotic drugs with no medicinal value.

Section 133 of the Act states that a defendant shall be guilty of an offence of illicit trafficking of cannabis and its derivatives, regardless of the degree of purity, if he or she imports exports, stores, sells, purchases, transports, distributes, or supplies cannabis or its derivatives if it is more than the quantity determined in Schedule VII (minimum quantity for illicit trafficking) of the Act.

According to Section 134 of the Act, the defendant shall be guilty of the felony of third degree if he or she is found in possession of more than two times the quantity determined in the Schedule VII.

Younten Tshedup 

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