Peruvian anti-drug police in the country’s central eastern region of Huanuco destroyed 200,000 marijuana plants, news agency Inforegion reported Tuesday.
About 50 police officers eradicated and burned the plants, which were located on 29 hectares in the district of Chinchao, in Huanuco province, Inforegion said.
The plants were being grown alongside crops of coffee, bananas and corn. No one was arrested in the operation. Police believe that owners of the illicit crop fled when they noticed the police presence.
Peru is a major global drug producer. Along with Colombia, it is one of the world’s top producers of cocaine. Huanuco is home to one of the country’s biggest coca growing areas. Coca is the leaf used to produce cocaine.