Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police destroy five marijuana farms in Takeo province

Police destroy five marijuana farms in Takeo province

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Authorities destroyed marijuana plantations in Takeo's Kiri Vong district on August 11. POLICE

Police destroy five marijuana farms in Takeo province

Kiri Vong district police in Takeo province on August 11 destroyed five marijuana plantations and shut down four water reservoirs in Ta O commune. There have been no arrests, according to the National Police.

The National Police report said district police continued to crack down on marijuana crimes, in part to ensure community safety.

Police discovered five separate locations in the commune where marijuana was being cultivated that covered 3,189sqm of land with four reservoirs.

The report did not mention the number of plants found and that police continued the search for the plantations’ owners.

Provincial anti-drug bureau chief Phoeung Sarun told The Post on August 12 that the marijuana growers were suspected to be local people because the cultivation of the marijuana took only three months.

Police found this case to be particularly difficult to crack as the marijuana was planted in the mountains and accessed by crossing streams. Some plants were in the mountain rocks.

“When we crack down on marijuana plants in the west, growers secretly plant them in the east because this area is on the Cambodian-Vietnamese border. They are opportunists, but we will continue our clampdowns. We have a close eye on them,” he said.

Police had educated local residents in the past not to plant marijuana as it is against the law. As a result, the number of people growing marijuana has decreased by 60 to 70 per cent, Sarun said.


  • Wing Bank opens new branch in front of Orkide The Royal along Street 2004

    Wing Bank celebrates first anniversary as commercial bank with launch of brand-new branch. One year since officially launching with a commercial banking licence, Wing Bank on March 14 launched a new branch in front of Orkide The Royal along Street 2004. The launch was presided over by

  • Girl from Stung Meanchey dump now college grad living in Australia

    After finishing her foundational studies at Trinity College and earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Melbourne in 2022, Ron Sophy, a girl who once lived at the Stung Meanchey garbage dump and scavenged for things to sell, is now working at a private

  • Ministry using ChatGPT AI to ‘ease workload’; Khmer version planned

    The Digital Government Committee is planning to make a Khmer language version of popular artificial intelligence (AI) technology ChatGPT available to the public in the near future, following extensive testing. On March 9, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications revealed that it has been using the

  • Wat Phnom hornbills attract tourists, locals

    Thanks to the arrival of a friendly flock of great hornbills, Hour Rithy, a former aviculturist – or raiser of birds – in Kratie province turned Phnom Penh tuk tuk driver, has seen a partial return to his former profession. He has become something of a guide

  • Ministry orders all schools, public and private, to close for SEA Games

    From April 20 to May 18, all public and private educational institutions will be closed to maintain order and support Cambodia's hosting of the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games, said a directive from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Cambodia will host the

  • Almost 9K tourists see equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat

    Nearly 9,000 visitors – including 2,226 international tourists – gathered at Angkor Wat on March 21 to view the spring equinox sunrise, according to a senior official of the Siem Reap provinical tourism department. Ngov Seng Kak, director of the department, said a total of 8,726 people visited Angkor Wat to