Thai police and Japanese embassy personnel raided a “seed to bottle” cannabis oil factory in Chiang Mai, arresting a Japan national and four Thais.
Bangkok Metropolitan Police, Immigration, Special Division 191 and Chiang Mai Provincial police – led by deputy national police chief Pol. Gen. Manu Mekmok – stormed the three-story commercial building on Mahidol Road in Muang District Saturday. Embassy law-enforcement representatives also were present.
Katsuhisa Komiya, 41, and the four unidentified Thai employees were taken into custody.
Each floor served as a production stage for the production of cannabis oil, with trees grown on the third floor and leaves processed on the second. More than 100 trees were seized as well as reagents, oil-extration equipment, CBD e-cigarettes and oil and more than 1,000 packing boxes.
Police said the end-to-end facility produced cannabis oil and e-cigarettes for online sale via Twitter, with most of the customers living in Japan an some in Thailand.
Investigation is continuing into the trade and transportation routes and others in the international network in both countries.
A version of this story appears in the Chiang Mai Mail, a Bangkok Herald partner.