Pursat provincial authorities on Wednesday launched a crackdown on ten locations in Bakan district where marijuana was being grown illegally.
Officials discovered more than 3,000 plants and 24 kilograms of dried marijuana on Trong Kla mountain in the district’s Talor commune.
District police chief Neang Vuth said yesterday that about 25 police officers took part in the operation, adding that they destroyed 3,560 plants and the dried marijuana.
“I appeal to villagers to stop planting marijuana because it is illegal,” he said. “Please also do not plant it on behalf of brokers who offer money.”
Rong Sovannreoung, commune police chief, said they suspect that a person named Vy planted the marijuana on the mountain and has now fled the village.
“The suspect came from Takeo province recently to stay in the commune,” he said. “He hired land from the villagers to plant the crop and now he has disappeared. We are looking for him.”
Last month, more than 800 marijuana plants were cut down and burned in Battambang’s Ratanka Mondul district and police also made one arrest.
Police knew the locations of the plants following tip-offs from local residents.
In September, 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.