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72-year-old woman charged with growing over 600 opium poppy plants in Vietnam

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 13:47 GMT+7
72-year-old woman charged with growing over 600 opium poppy plants in Vietnam
Police forces uproot opium poppy plants at Hoang Doan Du’s garden in Bac Son District, Lang Son Province, Vietnam. Photo: Lang Son Police

Police in Vietnam on Tuesday took legal proceedings against a 72-year-old woman for planting opium poppy plants in her son’s garden. 

The woman is question is Trieu Thi Nay, fromBac Son District, Lang Son Province, located in northern Vietnam, police officers said.

Officers found and seized more than 600 opium poppies, around one meter in height, planted in the garden of Nay's son, 43-year-old Hoang Doan Du, in the district's Bac Son Town on February 25, Lang Son police said. 

Trieu Thi Nay, 72, admits growing opium poppy plants for medicine at the police station in Lang Son Province – Photo: Lang Son Police

Trieu Thi Nay, 72, admits growing opium poppy plants for medicine at the police station in Lang Son Province, Vietnam. Photo: Lang Son Police

All the opium poppy plants at Du’s garden have been uprooted.

At the police station, Nay admitted that she had grown the opium poppy plants to make herbal medicine for curing bone and joint diseases.

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Truc Uyen / Tuoi Tre News

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