Pursat Police Searching For Marijuana Farmer

Police in Pursat province are searching for a farmer who was responsible for growing nearly 8,000 marijuana plants in Phnom Kravanh district, which authorities burned on Monday, officials said Wednesday.

“We are looking for the farmer,” Pursat provincial police chief Sarun Chanthy said.

“We know his name and background, and we have applied to the court for a warrant to arrest him.”

Brigadier General Chanthy said the farmer had cultivated 7,637 cannabis plants on half a hectare of land that he was renting from another man. Phnom Kravanh police chief Vong Saveth said that 37 district officers and local security guards raided the farm after the landowner, Suon Eng, 55, complained to police.

“The suspect was from Kandal province, and he rented the land to grow cassava and chilis, but he grew marijuana,” he said, identifying the fugitive farmer as Ung Eng. Brig. Gen. Chanthy said that Mr. Eng had fled by the time police showed up on Monday.

“When our police arrived there, he had already escaped because he knew [about the raid] in advance,” he said.

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