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Man held, hundreds of marijuana plants destroyed

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Police from Takeo province’s Kirivong district on Monday arrested a man and destroyed hundreds of marijuana plants which were being cultivated on a mountain.

A provincial police report said the man is suspected of cultivating the plants on the mountain in Preah Bat Choan Chum commune. He was arrested after being under investigation for a while.

“At 4:35 pm on Monday, district police officers cracked down and arrested a suspect who illegally planted marijuana crops,” it said, identifying him as Phorn Moch, 35.

Lieutenant Colonel Om Bunthoeun, district deputy police chief in charge of the anti-drug trafficking unit, said yesterday that his officers arrested the suspect at his marijuana farm on the mountain.

“We caught him red-handed while he was watering his marijuana plants,” he said, adding that the officers destroyed hundreds of plants.

Bunthoeun added that the suspect is accused of illegal cultivation of addictive plants and faces up to two years in jail if convicted.

Moch is now being questioned at the provincial police headquarters before he is sent to the provincial court.

On Saturday, more than 180,000 marijuana plants were found in two dozen locations in Preah Bat Choan Chum commune.

“We cut a total of 180,367 marijuana plants and burned them on the spot,” Major Sok Sopha, chief of the district police’s anti-drug section said on Sunday. “We also found and destroyed 15 ponds near the marijuana plantations which were used to supply water for the plants.”

Last month, nearly 6,000 marijuana trees were burned down in 15 locations in the same district in Takeo province, but no one was arrested.

 

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