Central Highlands police bust two cannabis gardens

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Gia Lai police seized more than 3,500 cannabis plants during a recent raid on a farm in Central Highlands province.

Ha Van Co, 55, and his son Ha Van Toan, 28, of Dak Doa District's Dak Kroong Commune confessed they had bought seeds in Dong Nai for VND12 million (US$576) per kilogram, the VOV newswire reported.

Police said Co planted the seeds on an area of 3,000 square meters while his son did so on a 2,000 square meter plot.

Police also found around 400 grams of cannabis seeds meant for planting.

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The Lai Police Department said they had found five other cases of cannabis farming in the province over the past several days, mostly in Chu Puh and Dak Doa districts and Pleiku Town. Police have seized a total of 15,500 plants from these farms.

Planting cannabis is subjected to an administrative fine. Repeat violation is stipulated as a crime by the Penal Code that is is punishable by jail terms of between six months and three years, apart from fines of up to VND50 million (US$2,400).

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