Shedko Dmitrii, 34, a Russian national, has been charged with “possession of illegal narcotics” under Article 249 of Vietnam’s penal code.
Legal proceedings have been completed against a Russian man who illegally grew cannabis plants at his rented home in south-central Vietnam’s Binh Thuan province in late 2021, local prosecutors said.
According to the report, the foreign man was arrested on December 24, 2021 when local police caught him growing 27 cannabis plants and storing about three kilograms of dried cannabis in a rented apartment in Ham Tien Ward of Phan Thiet City province.
As reported, the plants were found in his bedroom, where the watering, lighting and air conditioning systems were installed to operate cannabis cultivation. Police seized all equipment and tools used to grow, harvest and process cannabis.
Shedko Dmitrii told investigators that he made a round trip to Mui Ne in Phan Thiet in November 2019 and has since rented the apartment in Ham Tien Ward to stay. Shedko Dmitrii also confessed that he had experience growing and processing cannabis.
In August 2020, Dmitrii bought cannabis seeds and tools from social media accounts and started growing the plants in his rented accommodation. He initially planted about 20 saplings and after harvesting and processing them, he kept some of the finished cannabis products for his own use and shared the rest with other foreigners living in Phan Thiet.
Police raided his home as he looked after his next batch of 27 plants, up to 1.4 meters high.
During the investigation process, the Russian citizen had an interpreter, consular support and other legitimate rights as prescribed by Vietnamese law, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.