Marten Youssef
The Globe and Mail
August 27, 2010

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The ground-up poppy powder called doda was sold openly in some South Asian stores in British Columbia just two years ago, but now it’s the target of a police crackdown – including what the RCMP are calling Canada’s largest opium poppy bust.

On Monday, Chilliwack RCMP’s drug unit discovered a 2.8-hectare field planted with 60,000 opium poppies, which the Mounties say is the largest drug seizure of its kind ever known in Canada. Two men, aged 31 and 24, who were tending the field have been arrested, and police are recommending charges of production and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

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Police are not saying if the two are the only suspects in the multimillion-dollar drug scheme.

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