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Thousands of cannabis plants destroyed in Takeo

A Kiri Vong district police official cuts cannabis plants in in Preah Bat Chaonchum Commune. Photo supplied/Kiri Vong District Police
A Kiri Vong district police official cuts cannabis plants in in Preah Bat Chaonchum Commune. Photo supplied/Kiri Vong District Police

Thousands of cannabis plants destroyed in Takeo

More than 16,000 cannabis plants were destroyed in the forests of Takeo’s Kiri Vong district on Tuesday, according to police.

A report by District Police Chief Yuk Sarat posted to Facebook this morning page said 16,321 plants were found in 69 small plots on public land in Preah Bat Chonchum commune.

According to the report, a force of 70 officials was involved in the operation, which began Tuesday morning. Photos accompanying the report show policeman slashing, uprooting and burning the plants.

“The crackdown of the marijuana plantation, it is not taken for granted, and as long as the crime keeps happening, our forces will continue to intercept and will not let the crime happen anarchically,” Sarat wrote.

Although an investigation into who was behind the growing operation is ongoing, the report notes that for now no suspects have been identified.

The district has been the site of numerous marijuana busts. In December, a plantation with 6,800 plants and another with 12,000 were destroyed, while nearly 30,000 plants were destroyed in November.

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