Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Arrested for marijuana, then freed for old age

Arrested for marijuana, then freed for old age

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court has let a suspected marijuana farmer walk free because of his advanced age.

Luck Phy, a spokesman for the provincial military police, said yesterday that authorities seized more than 4 kilograms of the drug after raiding a 71-year-old man’s farm in Banteay Meanchey on Friday night.

“After we received reports from our working group and some additional information from locals, the military police chief went down to the farm and destroyed the marijuana, seized more than 4 kilograms of dry marijuana and 68 marijuana trees,” Phy said.

The elderly farm owner, Hy Yun, was arrested in Poipet town soon after the raid.

Theam Pheakdey, anti-drug bureau chief for the Banteay Meanchey provincial military police, said yesterday that Yun was sent to court on Saturday, but was quickly allowed to go back home.

“The court officials did not charge him because he is too old,” Pheakdey said. “But he promised to the court and officials that he will stop planting marijuana. We let him go back home.”

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Setting up a drone for flight. Photo supplied

How Cambodia's first drone company is helping farmers

SM Waypoint claims its unmanned aerial vehicles can help local farm and plantation owners increase their yields. Established in September 2015, SM Waypoint now has seven drone pilots, two sales staff and two accountants. Though the company focuses mainly on agricultural projects, the potential uses of the drones are extremely varied, going from measuring exact land height for building drainage systems to finding the most suitable location for special economic zones (SEZs) or factories.

New street food dish shakes things up at Russian Market

Though the bustling food stalls that emerge after dark next to Phnom Penh's Russian Market can seem intimidating to tourists at first glance, there are street food treats to be enjoyed by all, from Kep crab to a new shrimp dish created by the market's owners.

Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern