Police in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang announced Wednesday that they had uprooted and destroyed more than 500 cannabis plants illegally grown in an orchard, news website Dan Tri reported.
Police discovered 527 plants, weighing around 38 kilograms, in a mango orchard belonging to Phan Thanh Long, who lives on Phu Quoc island.
Long told police he started growing the cannabis plants four months ago from the seeds provided by a resident in the city of Can Tho, also in the Mekong Delta.
The plants were grown in a mango orchard to avoid detection.
Hundreds of cannabis seeds had just been cultivated in the orchard, which lies close to the edge of a forest in a remote area.
Long was arrested pending further investigation.
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