|Local police pluck out opium plants from a family garden in Luc Ngan District, Bac Giang Province. Photo courtesy of police.|
Earlier, a 35-year-old man was recently found growing nearly 3,500 opium plants in his garden in Viet Yen District.
Opium is on the list of narcotics forbidden in Vietnam.
Those growing opium on a small scale can be fined VND2-5 million ($86.16-215.40). Farmers found cultivating 500 to 3,000 plants could face jail terms of six months to three years, while those operating on a bigger scale can get up to seven years in jail.