Vietnam police uproot 500 cannabis plants

By Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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A police officer uproots cannabis plants illegally grown in a field owned by Luu Cong An, 58, in Bac Giang Province on Monday. PHOTO COURTESY OF XALUAN.COM
Police in the northeastern province of Bac Giang announced Tuesday that they have uprooted and destroyed 500 cannabis plants from a single field.
Police discovered the blooming plants on a one-hectare field belonging to Luu Cong An, 58, of Lang Giang District on Monday.
The plants covered 360 square meters and weighed around 200 kilograms. .
An told police he'd rented the field out to some people in the provincial capital for VND5 million (US$237) several months ago.
He said the men told him that they planned to grow fruit for export to China.
An claimed that he did not know that the men would grow cannabis, adding that he'd never heard of the plant.
On March 20, Bac Giang City police also found 24 blooming poppy plants in the garden of Do Thi Bo, a 61-year-old resident.
Bo said she grew the plants as medicine to treat her back pain.
Police are investigating both cases.

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