Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Myanmar migrants caught growing pot

The Nation reports on Myanmar migrants detained to be charged with land encroachment.  The reason, apparently, was that they intended to cultivate marijuana on a patch of protected forest.
Myanmar authorities Thursday revealed that 23 Myanmar workers were arrested along with the 92 Thai land encroachment suspects taken into custody on July 4, an informed source reported.  Like the Thais, the local workers would be charged with encroaching on forestland without permission.  The Myanmar authorities were processing the case speedily and notified the Thais of five charges against them; illegal entry, encroaching on forestland without permission, growing the narcotic plants marijuana and kratom, possessing war weapons, and obstructing officials performing their duty. They would be brought to court on July 27, the source said.

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