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Police destroy more than 800 marijuana plants

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Authorities burn confiscated marijuana plants. Rasmei News

More than 800 marijuana plants were cut down and burned in Battambang province’s Ratanak Mondul district on Friday, when police also made one arrest.

A district police officer said yesterday that police officers cracked down on three areas in Treng commune where villagers are known to plant marijuana.

He said that during the raids police found 830 marijuana plants and they were felled and burned on the spot.

“During the crackdown, we also arrested a woman living nearby where several trees were planted,” he noted. “We did not detain her, but educated her that marijuana is illegal and made her promise not to plant it any more.”

One arrest was made. Rasmei News

The officer said police knew the locations of the plants following tip-offs from local residents.

“Villagers often plant marijuana on the mountain so that they are hidden among other trees,” he added.

Earlier this year, police also destroyed more than 50 marijuana plants and arrested the owner for education in the same district.

Last month, the Interior Ministry reported that anti-drug police cracked down on 6,205 drug crimes and arrested more than 13,691 persons suspected of drug use and/or trafficking during the first nine months of the year.

Police seized 153.25 kilograms of unprocessed cannabis and 65.50 kilograms of ready-to-market marijuana. They also found and destroyed 234,283 cannabis plants in various locations.

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