Iraqi police arrested a farmer in Babil Province for growing cannabis plants which were apparently intended for the production of illegal hashish, security sources said.
Iraqi forces raided a farm north of the city of Hilla, the provincial center, on Saturday, security sources said, acting on a tip from an unidentified citizen.
The raiding forces found that the farmer, who had traditionally planted corn, had instead planted cannabis plants in the center of his plot. The perimeter of the land was sown with corn plants, in an apparent attempt to hide the marijuana plants from view, security sources said.
Hashish is a narcotic made from processing marijuana plants.