Newsbrief: The Opium Files -- In Welsh Fields, the Poppies Grew 7/25/03

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If the British can't stop opium in Afghanistan, they are at least bound and determined to stop it in the home isles. While it is not illegal to grow opium poppies in Britain, city workers in the Welsh harbor town of Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, hurriedly removed scores of the bright red flowers from alongside local roadways earlier this month after a local amateur botanist pointed them out.

While growing the poppies is not a crime, processing them in any way, including picking them, is against the law. Local officials spotted visitors doing just that in June during a local celebration of American aviatrix Amelia Earhart, who landed there in 1928, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

"Instructions have been given to remove the poppies," said Elwyn Hughes, the town's parks manager. "These poppies have been planted on county council land and we are not aware who is behind it. We are now working to tackle the problem rapidly," he told the Guardian.

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