Albania cracks down on marijuana production

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Albanian police burn cannabis seized in Lazarat village, 230 kilometers (140 miles) south of capital Tirana, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Hundreds of Albanian police, backed by armored vehicles, stormed a lawless southern village Monday after suspected marijuana growers allegedly fired rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine guns at officers during a drug raid. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

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The smoke from burning marijuana plants billowed from a dozen houses on Day Five of Albania's most serious move yet against a southern village, armed to the teeth, that has churned out weed on an industrial scale for more than 15 years.

Lazarat has long blighted Albania’s efforts to shed the image of a Balkan badlands since it threw off communism in 1991. (Reuters)

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