Two individuals have been arrested in Abu Dhabi for cultivating 14 marijuana plants for commercial reasons, according to Abu Dhabi Police on Tuesday.
The two Asians were detained for using a portion of their sponsor's farm to cultivate the plants to sell them for profit.
The police stormed the farm, arrested two Asian nationals, and seized 14 cannabis plants after receiving information about the illegal activity from security sources, according to the police report.
After investigating, the authorities determined that the farm's owner was unaware of the situation because he rarely visited the farms, indicating that the two used his land to cultivate marijuana.
They have been turned over to the Public Prosecution.
In a statement carried by Abu Dhabi Police, the director of the Anti-Narcotics Directorate in the Criminal Security Sector, Brigadier General Taher Ghareeb al-Dhaheri, urged farm owners to regularly monitor their sponsored workers to ensure they do not commit any legal violations, such as the possession or cultivation of illegal narcotics such as cannabis.
Al-Dhaheri also advised farm owners to refer to the images of the confiscated marijuana plants to detect any similar incidents on their farms and to report them to the police.
Any form of cannabis is prohibited in the United Arab Emirates. Possession of marijuana is punishable by imprisonment, a hefty fine, and an automatic deportation.