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Rapid Action Battalion arrests ‘drug scientist’ in Bangladesh

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Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite force of Bangladesh Police has arrested a youth named Onaisi Saeed alias Rear Saeed from Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area on allegation of producing various types of drugs.

According to RAB sources, Saeed was bringing seeds of a drug called ‘Kush’ from Canada through courier service and been growing the drug at his residence. A friend of Saeed named Faisal was sending seeds and other ingredients for producing various types of drugs which were later sold mainly to youths from affluent families as well as posh clubs in Bangladesh.

RAB said, they found various types of new drugs from Dhaka residence of Saeed, which include, ‘Kush’, ‘Ecstasy’, ‘Fentanyl’, ‘Hemp’ and ‘Molly’.

RAB says, ‘Kush’ is a type of plant similar to marijuana. Onaisi Saeed was cultivating this drug by controlling heat in Mohammadpur area in Dhaka. He was also selling this new type of drug to various customers. Additionally, Saeed was also producing and selling other types of drugs such as ‘Ecstasy’, ‘Hemp’, and ‘Molly’.

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Rapid Action Battalion also said, 101 grams of ‘Kush’, 6 grams of ‘Hemp’, 5 grams of ‘Moly’, 1 gram of Fentanyl, 18 grams of cocaine, 123 Ecstasy, 28 Adderall tablets were seized from Gulshan area. The elite force also seized BDT 20.40 million in cash and half-a-million US dollars from the possession of Saeed.

Onaisi Saeed told RAB members that he was experimenting and producing various types of drugs with the goal of becoming world’s first ‘drug scientist’.

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RAB officials also found a heat-controlled plant where Onaisi Saeed was producing these drugs. Saeed began these activities few years ago.

Onaisi Saeed went to Malaysia after completing his studies in an English medium school and college in Bangladesh. He completed BBA and MBA there and returned home in 2014. Earlier on, an individual named Faisal used to supply Onaisi with various types of unconventional drugs while from Thailand and Canada. Drug parcels used to arrive at the addresses of Onaisi’s close relatives through courier services. But his relatives did not know anything about it.

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During interrogation, Onaisi Saeed told RAB that he was planning to run a massive business of drugs by supplying such consignments to Western countries, as well as affluent Arab nations.

What is ‘Kush’?

Kush generally refers to a pure or hybrid Cannabis indica strain. Pure C. indica strains include Afghan Kush, Hindu Kush, Green Kush, and Purple Kush. Hybrid strains of C. indica include Blueberry Kush and Golden Jamaican Kush. The term “kush” is now also used as a slang word for cannabis.

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The origins of Kush Cannabis are from landrace plants mainly in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India with the name coming from the Hindu Kush mountain range. “Hindu Kush” strains of Cannabis were taken to the United States in the mid-to-late 1970s and continue to be available there to the present day.

Popular kush strains include OG Kush, Bubba Kush, and Purple Kush.

The drug named Hindu Kush—historically grown only in the mountain range of the same name, which mostly runs along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan—is one of the most potent landrace strains available. The Himalayan slopes gave birth to the strain, which over time, brought about many other strains that inherited part of its name—Kush.

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Kush is primarily a cannabis indica strain, which has risen in popularity in the last decade, and played a pivotal role in creating dozens of modern-day hybrid strains. One will rarely see a Kush strain that is purebred sativa, although this can occur with proper growing conditions, combined with relentless cross-breeding.

When Kush is grown under specific conditions, its unique phenotypes come out in a different light. Kush plants are known to evolve and acclimate in order to survive. Nowadays, Kush is grown all around the world, but its tough Himalayan genetics endured and continue to follow the strain, giving it both durability and potency.

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OG Kush first appeared in California during the 1990s, right around the time Dr. Dre dropped his The Chronic album, which took the cannabis community by storm.

There are two stories that explain the strain’s mysterious genetics. The first is that a breeder claimed to have gotten the seed from a bag of Chemdawg 91 strain, in the Lake Tahoe area in 1996; the second goes that it was brought to California from Florida, by a grower who now operates a company known as Imperial Genetics. He reports the parents of this strain were a male cross of Lemon Thai and Old World Paki Kush, and a female Chemdawg plant.

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There is a lot of confusion about the origin of the name, and what OG exactly stands for. Given that it was bred in California, many users thought it meant Original Gangster, or just Original Kush. However, the truth is the grower who first bred OG Kush in California was asked by a consumer if it was mountain-grown, complimenting the quality of his buds. The grower responded with a simple, “This Kush is ocean-grown, bro.” The rest is history.

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Quickly after that, cuttings of various OG Kush plants began making the rounds around Los Angeles and the rest of California. Those cuttings made way for new, closely-related strains.

In the recent time, ‘Kush’ and other types of drugs are being produced and sold by a number of Islamist militancy groups such as Hezbollah, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Islamic State and Afghan Taliban. These militancy groups have established connections with Colombian and Mexican narco-cartels as well as notorious Dawood Ibrahim’s D Company.

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