The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission on Friday said that it has disposed in excess of seven hectares of cannabis farms in deferent parts of the country during the just-concluded Ethiopian fiscal year.
“More than seven hectares of cannabis farms have disposed in the cities of Shashemene and the capital Addis Ababa,” state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) quoted Mengisteab Beyene, Deputy Director of the Counter Narcotics Operation at the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, as saying n Friday.
According to Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, the reported more than seven hectares of cannabis farms were disposed of during the just-concluded 2018 – 2019 Ethiopian fiscal year, which ended on July 7.
While the 7 hectares of the cannabis farms were disposed in Shashemene town and its surroundings, some 255-km south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, additional 1,000 meter square of cannabis farms were also disposed of in Addis Ababa and its surroundings, it was noted.
Any form of use and possession of cannabis is illegal in the East African country, in which possession of cannabis can result in the offender for up to 6 months of imprisonment.
Meanwhile, the Commission also on Friday disclosed the arrest of 80 individuals, who are said to be nationals of 17 countries, were apprehended for suspected involvement in drug trafficking activities during the just-concluded 2018 – 2019 Ethiopian fiscal year.
According to the Commission’s Counter Narcotics Operation team, police also seized more than 186-kg cocaine, 9-kg heroin and 1104-kg cannabis mostly trafficked through Bole International airport in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia’s geographical location and proximity to source and destination countries, increasing connections in airlines, postal, and DHL services has contributed to a growing gap for narcotic drug traffickers to use it as a drug transit hub, it was noted.
The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission, however, reiterated the East African country police’s “flawless skill and coordination to sniff out drugs as traffickers find their way into Ethiopia.” Enditem