Cannabis plantation destroyed in Pursat

A total of 550 marijuana plants were discovered, uprooted and burned in Phnom Kravanh district, Pursat province on May 30.

Authorities in Phnom Kravanh district, Pursat province, are looking for suspects after police and military police uncovered an illegal plantation of 550 marijuana plants on May 29 in Santre commune.

District Police Chief Tan Kearith said on May 31 that the suspects had grown cannabis plants on a mountain in the village of Kset Borey.

After receiving a tip, a group of 14 police officers worked with the district military police to search the area where they found a total of 550 marijuana plants before uprooting and burning them.

“Plants were burned at the site. We don’t know how long they had been growing there. Some of them were flowering,” Kearith said, adding that the plants were all over a meter tall.

According to Kearith, the marijuana was definitely grown by someone and not growing wild because it was neatly organized in a 10m by 14m plot with 11 rows, each containing exactly 50 plants.

This is the first case of marijuana cultivation that district authorities have cracked down on this year. They discovered and destroyed some 4,000 marijuana plants in Rokat commune in 2020 and early 2021. Kearith said authorities urged local people to report such activities to authorities at the time, which may have -be taken to the tip they received this time.

“We told people not to rent their land to anyone who was farming it and we also asked people to cooperate with the police by giving us advice, anonymously if they wanted, if they spotted plantations of marijuana, so the police can destroy them and hopefully bring the suspects to justice,” he said.

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