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    Illegal Hemp Growing Increasingly Popular in ČR

    Prague - Czech police have uncovered 61 set ups for illegal hydroponic growing of hemp for less than five months of this year, Czech National Anti-Drug Centre (NPC) head Jiri Komorous and NPC spokesman Bretislav Brejcha told CTK Friday. They said that the situation was alarming as only 34 cases of illegal growing of hemp were uncovered for the whole last year.

    According to the NPC, most large hemp cultivation plants were operated by citizens of Vietnam. Thousands of hemp plants, tens of kilogrammes of marijuana and hundreds items of technical equipment necessary for illegal growth of hemp were seized during the police operations, Komorous said.

    "The drugs produced at these plants contain a high percentage of THC, the main psychoactive substance found in the cannabis plant, between 18 and 20 percent," Komorous said. Marijuana that is usually cultivated in the Czech Republic on fields and in flower pots only contains 5 to 8 percent of THC, he said.

    The drug that was produced at the plants was designed for Czech and foreign markets, Komorous said. "In connection with the uncovered set ups it is possible to say that the trend continues to which the NPC pointed in its annual report for 2007 - that apart from Czech citizens Vietnamese criminal gangs actively participate in illegal marijuana growing," Komorous said.

    Of the 61 set ups discovered this year 53 were operated by Vietnamese, he said. "In 2007, a total of 34 hemp cultivation plants were uncovered and only 4 of them were operated by Vietnamese perpetrators," Komorous said.

    Source: Prague Daily Monitor - Czech news, business, and living in Prague
    Copyright: 2008, Czech News Agency (ČTK)
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    Website: Illegal hemp growing increasingly popular in ÄŚR - Prague Daily Monitor - 26.05.2008

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    Re: Illegal Hemp Growing Increasingly Popular in ČR

    It seems that the Vietnamese have found them a niche in the world economy.