Nearly 30,000 marijuana plants were destroyed by police officials yesterday in Takeo province. No arrests were made.
Yang Dara, Kirivong district deputy police chief, said two units of police officials went down to search an area known for marijuana farming and destroyed them at the scene.
“We destroyed 28,114 marijuana plants in 83 locations in Kirivong district, where we have already conducted many raids,” he said.
Mr Dara said no suspects were arrested because they knew the police were coming and fled the area.
“It is very difficult for us to search for marijuana plants because we have to walk five kilometres up the mountain and then observe from above,” Mr Dara said.
The police then come down to pull the plants out and burn down the site, he noted.
Between January and November, around 250,000 marijuana plants were destroyed.
In a separate incident on Sunday, two Vietnamese men were arrested as they attempted to smuggle two kilograms of the drug in from Vietnam.
Mr Dara said villagers found an unattended large bag and informed the police.
Police forces hid around the location for several hours until two men drove in on a motorcycle and attempted to take the bag away. Officers at the scene restrained them.
The two suspects are Fang Ngokyav, 22, and Le Chhungda, 17.
Mr Dara said they were accused of drug trafficking and will be sent to court.