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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyz security forces have impounded a huge amount of marijuana in the northern part of the country, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kyrgyzstan's Interior Ministry said on August 19 that almost 2.4 tons of marijuana illegally kept in a cornfield were found by police in the village of Kenesh, located in Chui Province outside of Bishkek.

It said the cornfield belongs to a 29-year-old local man who has been detained.

An investigation was launched into the case.

Central Asian countries are known to be major suppliers of marijuana to Russia and other former Soviet republics.

The main marijuana harvesting season usually starts in August.

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