A 47-year-old mechanic was arrested by the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit on Friday, for cultivating marijuana at his house, as per a report by Karal Marx in The New Indian Express.
The plant was being grown on the terrace of his home in Villupuram.
According to the report, Kannan was the youngest of four children and had not been given a share of the family property. After being left out, the unmarried man took to alcohol.
He then later switched to marijuana, in an effort to reduce his alcohol intake. It started affecting his work and he began losing clients. Unable to fund his addiction, he picked some seeds out of the marijuana and started growing the plant himself. Soon after this, he allegedly became a public nuisance.
His strange behaviour and trance-like appearance made people avoid him. He would allegedly wear anklets and give Bharatanatyam performances in the middle of the night. Exasperated neigbours reportedly concluded that the marijuana had left him confused.
OCIU officials on Friday, raided Kannan's house based on a tip-off. The Narcotics Intelligence Bureau(NIB) was then called in to examine the plant. An NIB official told TNIE, that the terrace had about 50 plants, weighing 2.4 kg and that it may fetch up to Rs.24,000 in the black market.
In a similar incident last year, police had arrested a 25-year-old musician who allegedly grew marijuana in a flowerpot at his Valsaravakkam residence.
At least five plants were reportedly being nurtured in a huge flowerpot and they had all grown to a size of about 3 feet.
In this case too, neighbours were reportedly bothered by the smell of the smoke that emanated from the residence. Acting on a tip off, police then raided the residence and arrested three people.