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2 fields of opium poppies found in rare NC drug bust

ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Alexander County authorities found two fields of opium poppies in a rare drug bust Wednesday night.

The sheriff says he believes the plants were being grown to make and sell opium. The plants tested positive for a particular variant of poppies.

 

 

Deputies found the plants after receiving a tip. The owners say they were growing it to use for pain medication.

“For this amount of plants so to speak that we located, I think it is more than just for pain,” Sheriff Chris Bowman said.

Officials say the owners, who are from Laos, deny any of the plants were sold.

It is not clear if any charges will be filed.

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