Police in Battambang province’s Samlout district yesterday burned more than 700 marijuana plants confiscated from a cassava farm on Tuesday.
Colonel Kor Sunkaing, chief of district police, yesterday said a total of 730 marijuana plants were cut and burned after police discovered the owner had planted them among cassava crops.
“The owner of these marijuana trees planted them along with cassava because he thought we would not be able to recognise them, but we did,” Col Sunkaing said, adding that the owner, 32-year-old Yeun Roeun, was released from custody after he was educated and made to sign a contract not to plant marijuana.
“We did not punish him, but we educated him on not doing it any more,” he said. “Mr Roeun told us he had planted these trees because he was cheated by someone, but he did not tell us who. We didn’t believe him.”
He noted that he and other local authorities often disseminate information and educate people on the dangers of drugs and how it’s illegal to plant marijuana.
Earlier this month, police in Preah Vihear province educated a man for planting marijuana at his farm. Police said the man grew the plants in order to cure sick chickens and ducks, noting that the man did not know it was illegal.
In February, police in Takeo province burned more than 1,000 marijuana plants confiscated from Kirivong district.