Mandalay Court Collects US$227,000 for American’s Bail in Cannabis Plantation Case

MANDALAY—The Myingyan District Court in Mandalay ordered a bail bondsman involved a prominent cannabis case to pay 325 million kyats (US$227,000) on Tuesday, as the US citizen involved in the case has failed to appear in court in violation of his bail. Dr. Khin Maung Win, a bail bondsman for US citizen John Fredric Todoroki, […]

Myanmar Court Issues Arrest Warrant for US Citizen in Alleged Marijuana Farming Case

MANDALAY—The Myingyan District Court in Mandalay Region has issued an arrest warrant for a US citizen who went missing amid charges over his alleged operation of a marijuana plantation. John Fredric Todoroki, 63, was arrested in April 2019 for allegedly growing marijuana along with two Myanmar nationals working for III M Global Nutraceutical Company at […]

The Rise and Fall of an Australian Media Mogul in Southeast Asia

ROSS DUNKLEY was thinking of quitting journalism when he met Rupert Murdoch, a fellow Australian, on a friend’s yacht off the coast of Rhode Island during the America’s Cup boat race in 1983. He had grown tired of working for other people in a newsroom; he wanted to return to his family roots and become […]

American Detained in Cannabis Plantation Case Granted Bail

YANGON—The Myingyan District Court has granted bail to a U.S. citizen detained since April for allegedly growing marijuana in Mandalay’s Nganzun Township. “We applied for bail because of his poor health. He is suffering from respiratory and lung problems. The U.S. Embassy also made a request to the Home Affairs Ministry and the Supreme Court […]

Jailed American’s Family Pleads to US, Myanmar Govts in Hemp Case

The family of US citizen John Frederic Todoroki, who was accused of growing marijuana in Mandalay’s Nganzun Township, has appealed to the Myanmar government for help, pleading that Todoroki only tried to help Myanmar farmers growing industrial hemp and did not commit any drug-related crimes. The family sent the letters to Myanmar State Counselor Daw […]

Court indicts American, two locals in Mandalay cannabis farm case

A Mandalay Region court has indicted an American man and two local workers accused of growing marijuana on an industrial farm where they were supposed to be growing hemp. The court in central Mandalay charged John Frederic Todoroki with violating five sections of the country’s drugs and narcotics law covering possession, sale and trafficking of […]

Four More US Citizens Wanted in Connection with Mandalay Marijuana Plantation

The police have added four more US citizens to the wanted list for having played a role in the marijuana plantation in Myotha Industrial Park, Mandalay Region. According to the lawyers of the three detainees facing trial under the Anti-Narcotic Law for their ties to the plantation, the police presented the names of the four […]

Myanmar extends detention of American accused of growing pot

A Myanmar court on Tuesday allowed police to detain an American entrepreneur accused of operating a marijuana plantation for two more weeks while he is investigated. John Frederic Todoroki and two Myanmar co-workers appeared in court in Mandalay region’s Myingyan district for the first time since their April 23 arrests. They could face charges carrying […]

American, 2 Others Held over Marijuana Plantation in Mandalay Division

A U.S. citizen was among three people detained under the Anti-Narcotics Law for allegedly operating a marijuana plantation in Mandalay Division’s Myotha Industrial Park, the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) said on Wednesday. The committee said U.S. citizen John Fredric Todoroki, 63, was arrested with Ko Shane Latt, 37, and Ma Shunlae Myat […]