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Jakarta Post

Marijuana farm found in Papua

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Tue, April 17, 2018   /   07:43 pm
Marijuana farm found in Papua Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Commr. Gustav Urbinas (second left) on Tuesday shows dried marijuana packed in a plastic bag, which was confiscated at the Jayapura port. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba )

The Jayapura Police's narcotics unit found a marijuana farm on a hilly area in Abepura, Jayapura, Papua, on Monday afternoon.

Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Gustav Urbinas said the unit had found marijuana plants between 1 and 2 meters high on a 15-square-meter plot of land, situated in an area that took 45 minutes to reach on foot.

“The farm looked neglected [] there’s no grass, but we found fertilizer and around 15 marijuana plants,” he said Tuesday.

The police, who have yet to identify the owner of the farm, received reports from local residents who often went out to hunt wild boar in the area.

“We will follow up on our findings, whether or not there are other farms like this. This suggests that marijuana has been not only been supplied from Papua New Guinea, but it has also been produced domestically,” Gustav said.

During a three-day operation over the weekend, the police arrested four people for marijuana possession and confiscated 2,382 kilograms of marijuana. In the last three months, the police have arrested 41 people and seized 22,87 kg of marijuana. (swd)

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