A police officer from Takeo province yesterday reported the burning of about 180,000 marijuana plants found in more than two dozen locations during a two-day operation last week.
Major Sok Sopha, chief of Kiri Vong district police’s anti-drug section, said a team of police officers from 12 communes – led by district police chief Colonel Yuk Sarath – chopped down marijuana plants in over 24 locations in Preah Bat Choan Chum commune on Saturday.
“We cut a total of 180,367 marijuana plants and burned them on the spot,” Maj Sopha said. “We also found and destroyed 15 ponds near marijuana plantations used to supply water for the plants.”
He said the marijuana was planted on a one-hectare mountainside hidden from the authorities.
“We did not arrest any suspects – they escaped before we arrived,” Maj Sopha said, noting police surveyed suspected marijuana plantations at night and raids were conducted during the daytime.
Maj Sopha noted that on Thursday, the team raided four locations and destroyed 800 plants and destroyed four ponds.
“We will raid more locations this week – we’ve identified them already,” he said.
In November 2018, approximately 3,560 plants and 24 kilogrammes of dried marijuana, found on the Trong Kla mountain in Battambang province, were burned by police.
Last month, police in Battambang reportedly set ablaze thousands of marijuana plants grown by villagers on a farm in the Bavel district.
Commenting at the time, Lieutenant Colonel Sok Sarin, chief of district police, said that the 68-year-old man who allegedly grew the illegal plants had been warned against growing marijuana.