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Over 3,000 weed plants up in smoke

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Destroying weed plants in Kirivong district. Kampot police

Takeo province’s Kirivong district police officers are trying to find the owner of the marijuana plants they destroyed in 13 locations yesterday in Preah Bat Choan Chum commune.


At 7.30am yesterday, the Kirivong district police Chief Colonel Yuk Sarath, led his officers to the 13 locations where the suspect planted the marijuana plants along the foothills of the mountain.

“The marijuana trees were cut and burned at the site. The seven ponds which supplied water for the plants were also destroyed,” said the report, adding the plants spanned over 1,013 square metres.

It said that the police officers will send the case to court and they are seeking to arrest the suspect.

Col Sarath, Kirivong district police chief, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Kirivong district police officer, who declined to be named, has confirmed that there were 3,315 marijuana trees destroyed at the farm but unfortunately they could not arrest the suspect who fled from the scene before police arrived.

He said that the district police officers are still working hard to crack down all other marijuana plants and arrest the suspects.

In the last two weeks, Kirivong district police officers arrested a man and destroyed hundreds of marijuana plants which were being cultivated on a mountain.

The owner was identified as Phorn Moch, 35, and was accused with illegal cultivation of addictive plants and faces up to two years in jail if convicted.

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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