US Citizen Kills Himself In Taiwan Courtroom After Being Convicted Of Drug Possession

Tyler Durden's picture

A US citizen killed himself in courtroom in Taiwan on Thursday after being given a four year prison sentence for being convicted of growing marijuana and opium at his home in Changhua, in central Taiwan.

Upon learning of his sentence from a court interpreter, 41 year old Tyrel Martin Marhanka replied "four years?" The interpreter told Marhanka that he could appeal, but Marhanka replied "I don't want to appeal." According to the Taipei Times,  Marhanka became agitated and yelled "I don't want to live anymore", before removing two 21cm scissor blades and stabbing himself on both sides of the neck, severing the arteries.

At the time of the April arrest, the Taipei Times reports that police found more than 200 cannabis plants, 195 dried cannabis plants and 10 opium poppies at a rented house in Yongjing Township, Changhua County.

A prison term of up to seven years was possible, but the court gave just four years because Marhanka hadn't sold anything, and used just for his own use.

An initial investigation found that Marhanka was able to smuggle the scissor blades into the courtroom with a magazine, and the metal detector didn't uncover the scissors when he entered the building.

The court said it felt "deep regret", and that the building didn't have enough space for a more advanced scanner, but would install X-ray machines in a new building.

Marhanka had lived in Taiwan for more than 15 years, and worked as an English teacher. He leaves behind a wife and two children as a result of this bizarre and tragic incident.

Here is local news covereage of the incident.

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LetThemEatRand's picture

The war on drugs in the US and abroad is one of the greatest injustices ever known to humanity.  The only good thing Obama has done in his eight years is (mostly) leave alone the states that have legalized pot.  If he had any intergrity given that he used to hang in the choom wagon, he would have pushed for a change in federal laws so the next yahoo doesn't come in and start arresting people.  But of course he has no integrity.

NidStyles's picture

You know what, I don't actually give a shit. Drugs are illegal there, he knew this going in. He's responsible for his own actions, not us here or the US. To suggest otherwise is to keep up the narrative that "all the ill's in the world are the white man's fault", which is simply bullshit from the start.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'll bet you're fun at parties.

NidStyles's picture

I wouldn't know, I stay away from degenerates and prefer to do healthy activities. Like camping, hiking, shooting, racing. Sometimes I like to go fishing or water skiing.


You know shit adults do not teenager hedonists and junkies.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Next time you go shooting, yell "pull!" on the chip on your shoulder.   It is not degenerate to smoke pot.  I haven't smoked in 20+ years, but I could give a shit if someone else wants to.  Live and let live, and enjoy your glass house because I'm sure you have no vices.

NidStyles's picture

Show me where I ask what LTER thought about the topic faggot.


I do not have any vices. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't consume caffeine everyday. I don't consume purified sugars.


Not everyone is a weak bitch like you seem to want them to be.

LetThemEatRand's picture

You responded to my post. If you don't care for my opinion, I suggest you refrain in the future.  Anyone who says they have no vices is either a saint or a liar.  I'm picking you for the latter.

NidStyles's picture

Yes, because LTER defines the reality in which we can live. Everyone must have a vice, because he said so. Again, show me where I asked you.


Not happening. I have no vices. None, zero. Zilch, and haven't for years. Not all of us are as weak as you leftist idiots. Some of us actually like living free, and like not having crutches.


I didn't respond to your post. I responded to the common statement that the US "war on drugs" has caused other nations to make these shitty drugs illegal. Which is to basically trumpet the, "all the ill's in the world are the white man's fault", narrative being pushed these days.

You're just the idiot leftist messenger, you don't fucking matter here you egotistical degenerate.


Keep junking away you fellow degenerates. It doesn't make me any less correct. It proves my point for me. Weak people don't like it pointed out when they are weak, they love it when they can hide and use social scrutiny to try and control others, or tear them down a notch. Behaving like the Jews makes my point for me.

"Crabs in the bucket."


willwork4food's picture

What are you an ex Marine asshole? You have no vices? Do you have a wife? Girlfriend? Yea dude, I would say you might want to meditate on that claim. You are not going to be young and studly for the rest of your cocky life.

richsob's picture

All Marines are assholes?  Get a grip, dude.  You look like an asshole yourself when you say something like that.

Powerslaved's picture

You're human. Everybody has vices. I'm sure you have a few. Here's one obvious one.

Rhetorical's picture

Compounds in cannabis help delay the onset of Alzheimers disease in its early stages. It also protects nerve cell damage. You inablity to think logically in this and other matters will be used to exploit others and yourself.

scsi's picture

No vices?

Other than making 50 posts on this thread?

Oh - behaving like Jews? FU. Come kiss my kosher ass.


juangrande's picture

Vices are like assholes...... I mean opinions!

Zero Point's picture

Is being an asshole a vice?

Archibald Buttle's picture

i sure hope not. on second thought, turns out i dont give a shit.

HermesHiccups's picture

I found some

  1. I will break down your stubborn pride. Leviticus 26:19
  2. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Obadiah 1:3
  3. His pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God. 2 Chronicles 26:16
  4. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. Psalm 10:4
  5. For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. Psalm 59:12
  6. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
  7. Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10
  8. Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
  9. A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor. Proverbs 29:23
  10. The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8
  11. The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled and the pride of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. Isaiah 2:11
  12. I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. Isaiah 13:11
  13. Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians’ pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. Isaiah 13:19
  14. The LORD Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth. Isaiah 23:9
  15. But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. Daniel 5:20
  16. “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not take pride in one man over against another. 1 Corinthians 4:6
  17. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.  Galatians 6:4
  18. Your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 8:14
  19. Unleash the fury of your wrath, look at every proud man and bring him low. Job 40:11
  20. Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar. Psalm 138:6
  21. The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5
  22. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Proverbs 16:19
  23. Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12
  24. The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled). Isaiah 2:12
  25. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4
  26.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. James 4:10 (NLT)
hidflect's picture

I'm not religious but that was some pretty good brimstoning.

shovelhead's picture

Beware those with Bible quotes on speed dial.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

This is all an issue of the Ruling Class Oligarchy not liking competition for illegal businesses and being able to use more lethal enforcement because the regular person somehow thinks drugs are magically "bad".  

Ok so they can listen in on ANYBODY's conversation but they can not shut down the drug cartels? REALLY?  Color me skeptical.  Seems if they really wanted to shut them down they would.  But they don't so the only logical conclusion is that like any other industry with a great deal of money in it the government is involved and taking their cut.

Wake up you toids.  I see you holier than thou'ers commenting above.  I see your childish "oh I'm so healthy" talk.  Like most libtards you insist on making everything about you.  This drug game is just yet another excuse you give governments to fuck everyone over.  Most of what the government does is like this and liberals are such sweaty defenders of the government.  ( My apologies to Jeffersonian Liberals.....the term liberal has been polluted by progressive retards )

hxc's picture

Pretty judgemental for someone whose ideology's cornerstone is subjective value. Fucking implanted fake ancap shill.


Oh yeah and thanks for painting anti-nwo goyim as people that hate genetic jews instead of religious ones. Good goin' there, fucktard fakeass.

Adahy's picture

And everyone should be forced by men with guns to be just like you right?
You would be a good fit in 'the party' comrade.

Kill the ego or you will never be free.

turnoffthewater's picture


"I stay away from degenerates and prefer to do healthy activities. Like camping, hiking, shooting, racing. Sometimes I like to go fishing or water skiing."

Might be time to walk the walk. Take a break. You're making it too personal. Who cares if someone smokes their brains away, just so long as they don't injure anyone else.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

NID is a libtard.  They are born with empty skulls.  No brain to smoke away!

Volaille de Bresse's picture

"I do not have any vices. I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't consume caffeine everyday. I don't consume purified sugars"


The repeat after me : "SIEG HEIL!!! SIEG HEIL!!!" (lol). Hitler most probably ahd the same diet as you. Do you eat meat? If you don't add 10 pts to your "pure aryan" score.

Pliskin's picture

...and yet you use the word 'Faggot', an anti-semite and a homophobe, but sure, you don't have any vices!

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) LetThemEatRand Jun 17, 2016 7:48 PM

I guess this guy was told his sex life was going to pick up substantially while in the Tiawanese prison.

SixIsNinE's picture

i'll politely post this friendly cannabis site in colorado which assists all our adults learn more and acquire fine cannabis related consumables, etc.


rapetrain's picture

What do you think happens to countries that don't follow Washington's lead? Look at Iraq, North Korea, Libya, Russia, et cetera.

They become marginalized, sanctioned, and suffer.

Volaille de Bresse's picture

"You mean Israel's lead"


And you're an antisemite? Then add 1000 pts to your "pure aryan" score!! Good job man. You don't like Jews but you "have no vice", you're a scream man!

Now get out of your forest hut, head to the nearest town and enjoy some diversity...

jaxville's picture

   You can't be a decent human unless you are anti semitic

Dickweed Wang's picture

What do you think happens to countries that don't follow Washington's lead?


They are labeled "aggressors", "terrorist states", "state sponsors of terrorism", "currency manipulators", etc., etc., etc. 

I am SO SICK AND TIRED of the USA's sanctimonious, hypocritical, BULLSHIT!!!  FUCK THE NEO-CON'S!!!

Dickweed Wang's picture

You're a real idiot!!  There is nothing "degenerate" about smoking a joint now and then.  In fact, when you compare the harm that alcohol does to people all over the world annually I would consider that a much more "degenerate" activity than smoking dope now and then. 

How many times have you heard about someone beating their wife after smoking a joint? How many women are beaten annually by their drunk husbands or boyfriends?  How many times have you heard about someone driving a car and killing someone after smoking a joint?  How many people are killed by drunk drivers each year? [A hell of a lot more than are killed by guns by the way and about 1000% more than are killed by "assault rifles" each year]

I rest my fucking case . . . . and I don't smoke dope or drink.

Parrotile's picture

Smoking it is not "entirely" safe, mainly because of various unpleasant (read - carcinogenic) pyrolysis byproducts.


There are far safer (and actually more effective) ways to get high - the easiest is to copy all those coffee and tea drinkers - hot water extraction. - the operative words are "surprisingly easy . . . Even in countries where cannabis is widely accepted, tea is considered a healthier alternative to smoking. This perception still exists today and marijuana tea remains popular among medical marijuana patients.

Dickweed Wang's picture

Smoking it is not "entirely" safe . . .


I never said that . . . what my point was when you compare the negative effects of smoking pot to the vast amount of damage that alchohol abuse does to people smoking weed has a far less negative impact on society.  That said, IMO occasionally smoking weed is no more hazardous to health than a hell of a lot of other things that people do on a daily basis.

FIAT CON's picture

 I would bet it would be worse for your health to walk five blocks down a busy city's street  and breathe the carcinagenic air (that aroma of brake pad dust, oil smoke , gasoline and deisel fumes, reataurant kitchen exhaust fans blowing the airborne droplets of grease mist from the stovetop into the air, and how abouth the normal dust, organic as well as concrete dust, tire rubber dust, etc.) than it would be to smoke a J.

squirrel master's picture

I don't understand the downvotes here.  Adults should have better things to do than abusing substances.  Its just another form of escapism.  I realize substance abusers don't like to hear that but it is what it is. 

Lore's picture

An advocate would focus on your use of the word "abuse" as if to suggest that moderate usage is acceptable. More importantly, I think the corporate elites use your weaknesses against you, exemplified by the rise in illnesses across the western world that can be linked directly to unhealthy lifestyle choices. When you make the decision to put shit in your body, it is the act of giving into your baser urges, making you no different than an animal, hence 'unworthy' in the eyes of the elites. Essentially, you give them licence to exploit your weakness by adding chemicals (e.g., high fructose corn syrup) and doing other things to reinforce the unhealthy behavior and increase the cumulative negative impact to your health, having the desired effect eventually of removing you and yours from the gene pool.  To be Human is to consciously reject irrational acts.

squirrel master's picture

Depends on your definition of acceptable.  I find any usage of a substance intended solely to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities to be inappropriate.  Same thing bothers me about dickhead sports fans.  Immersing themselves in a world of football, stats, draft picks and all kinds of trivial bullshit while the world burns around them. 

Take away the drugs, turn off the TV, cut all the bullshit and people might actually realize how hard they're getting fucked.

FIAT CON's picture

" I find any usage of a substance intended solely to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities to be inappropriate."

A vacation can be thought of in the very same way "distraction and relief from unpleasant realities".

Only Mj is far more carbon neutral, Less life threatening than traveling, and you get as high from mj as you would from a vacation, maybe we should make vacations illegal and frowned upon.

I do like the latter part of your comment.

fleur de lis's picture

@LTER -- This man knew very well that Asian laws are much more draconian than those in the West.
He knowingly risked getting caught and figured he was too smart for the Chinese.
A Westerner in the Asian narcotics business is extremely risky.
Also it would be very interesting to find out who his contacts were.
Also I don't buy that scissors-in-the-magazine yarn.
There's more to the story than what we're being told.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yep. Who permits sharp scissors in court, at arms length of a defendant?

coast's picture

I agree, but I would rather focus on "why" plants are called drugs, and "why" they are illegal...Your point is well taken tho.

NidStyles's picture

I honestly don't give a shit. I've never met anyone obsessed with that shit I would trust very far, or that was reliable in anything.