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Pot growers flee police

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The growers had fled the scene by the time police arrived. Supplied

More than 60, 000 marijuana plants have been destroyed in Takeo province’s Kirivong district, with the provincial police chief ordering that the owners be prosecuted.

Kirivong district deputy police chief Yang Dara said yesterday that police went on Monday to destroy 61,000 plants on 102 sites but were unable to arrest any suspects.

“They fled when we went there, but we are preparing a case to send to the court and the provincial police chief also ordered an investigation to seek the owners,” he said.

“We used to arrest owners several years ago to punish them, but those people still continue to plant it even though they know it is illegal,” he said.

“They dare to plant it because they think officials cannot find their place in the jungle on the mountain.”

Mr Dara said that it was hard for authorities to find the owners because villagers would flee their homes when they saw someone strange walk into their village.

“Villagers will leave their homes because they think that person is a policeman,” Mr Dara said.

“Sometimes we pretend to be a hunter or a seller to go into the area.”

Mr Dara said police carried out an investigation many months ago until they reached a plantation to destroy it.

“It is not easy for us to find the place that marijuana is planted and we are not careless with this work,” he said.

So far this year, 223,586 marijuana plants have been destroyed.

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