Ho Chi Minh City police have detected a cannabis garden with dozens of matured plants in a small cemetery in Thu Duc District, VTC News reported.
The plants belong to Doan Minh Hung, a 55-year-old local who grows them on an empty land plot in a cemetery on an alley off the National Road 13, Thu Duc police said.
The garden was detected on June 11 by police in Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward during a regular patrol of the area, leading to a raid by the district unit the following day.
Police uprooted 26 cannabis plants, many of which are up to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) high and seized 11 dried plants that weighed more than 30 kilograms.
Hung confessed some man gave him the seeds to plant and that he was growing them for medicinal and not commercial purposes.
Police are investigating the origin of the seeds and considering which measures to take against Hung.
Individuals caught growing cannabis plants for the first time are subject to an administrative fine.
However, repeat violations carry a jail terms of between six months and three years, and up to seven years for violations for third-time violations, in addition to fines of up to VND50 million (US$2,350).
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