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Northern Vietnam households found growing opium as food

Eight families in Bac Giang Province have been found growing 300 opium plants for their own consumption or to feed their pigs.

The plants, in their flowering stage, were found growing in their gardens in Luc Ngan District, famous for its litchis. One household had 61 plants, the highest among the eight households.

Northern Vietnam households, growing opium, food

Local police pluck out opium plants from a family garden in Luc Ngan District, Bac Giang Province. 

Local police discovered the cultivation on February 24 and seized all the plants. They said the households will be punished for administrative violations.

Earlier, a 35-year-old man was recently found growing nearly 3,500 opium plants in his garden in Viet Yen District.

Opium is on the list of narcotics forbidden in Vietnam.

Those growing opium on a small scale can be fined VND2-5 million ($86.16-215.40). Farmers found cultivating 500 to 3,000 plants could face jail terms of six months to three years, while those operating on a bigger scale can get up to seven years in jail.

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Source: VnExpress

Northern Vietnam households, growing opium, food
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