Hundreds of opium poppies have been found in a Hanoi garden, whose owner said he was growing the plants to make medicinal liqueur.
Around 365 opium poppies, some already bearing fruits, were found in a garden in Bac Tu Liem District Sunday.The garden belongs to Mr. Dang Tran Thanh, 52 years old, the government portal reported, citing sources from the Tay Tuu Ward Police.
The poppy garden was later destroyed and related exhibits seized.Some were taken to the local police station for questioning.
Police said the garden was located on a plot of land hidden between two nearby houses and was covered with a black net, making it difficult for others to see.
Thanh said he grows poppy to make herbal liqueur because he believes it can cure bone and joint diseases.He said he put the plants on social media.
Opium is on the list of banned drugs in Vietnam.
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