POLICE RAID PALAU MARIJUANA PLANTATIONS

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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Dec. 28) — Police in Palau have destroyed thousands of marijuana plants in raids on 38 plantations in Peleliu and Angaur States.

Criminal Investigative Section Chief John Elechuus said the raid targeted 29 plantations in Peleliu and destroyed 3,368 plants.

In Angaur State, police officers raided 9 plantations and destroyed a total of 880 plants.

Elechhus said the seized marijuana plants have a street value of $150,000.

No arrests were made but he said the case is still under investigation.

The seized marijuana plants were burned in Peleliu while the plants from Angaur were brought to Koror and would be burned soon.

"We will continue to eradicate in the two states and other areas in Palau until there are no marijuana plants left," Elechuus said.

December 28, 2004

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