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US, Thailand commanders lead destruction of opium plantation crop

(Chiang Rai, Thailand-NBC) February 9, 2007 -  Representatives from the United States and Thailand combined efforts and cut down an opium plantation Friday.

The opium destruction took place along Thailand's border with Myanmar. American and Thai commanders witnessed the cutting-down of a 3,200-acre opium plantation.

Reports say local villagers planted the opium plants in exchange for pay. The plantation area is hard to access by land because it lies in a valley.

Authorities have so far cut down almost 13,000 acres of opium plantations.

Posted 4:15pm by Chantelle Janelle

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