Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pailin farmer held after marijuana crop found

Pailin farmer held after marijuana crop found

Police officials seize and destroy 89 marijuana plants after being tipped off by locals on Tuesday in Pailin province. Photo supplied
Police officials seize and destroy 89 marijuana plants after being tipped off by locals on Tuesday in Pailin province. Photo supplied

Pailin farmer held after marijuana crop found

A farmer was arrested on Tuesday and detained for a day at the Pailin provincial police station for allegedly growing about 90 marijuana plants and sharing the bounty with some young villagers. He was released yesterday afternoon.

Sala Krao district police and village security guards descended on the marijuana patch in O’Andong commune on Tuesday morning after they were tipped-off by locals.

Nhek Thol, district police chief, said 89 marijuana plants – some of them not yet fully grown – were found around the home of 54 year-old Miel Pun.

“Those marijuana plants are grown among other plants such as citronella, herbs and bamboo bushes. We found them and uprooted them,” he said, and adding that fewer than 20 were mature, and that three were found already harvested and dried.

Thol said the man admitted to having grown the plants for a long time for personal use and that some young villagers smoked with him sometimes.

“Their parents are not happy about that,” he said. “It involves an addictive substance listed in the Law on Drug Control, which bans it from being consumed and trafficked.”

He added that the man was sent to the provincial police station with the plants and two pipes, as well as a knife and a chopping board allegedly used to process the plants.

Un Serey Roth, deputy provincial police chief, said the suspect was released yesterday after he signed an agreement not to plant marijuana anymore. He added that the plants will be destroyed.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not