Police have seized one ton of marijuana in a crackdown operation carried out in northwestern Tanzania’s district of Tarime, authorities said Sunday.
Andrew Satta, Regional Police Commander (RPC) of the Tarime/Rorya Regional Special Police Zone, said that four people have been arrested for allegedly possessing one ton of marijuana in the area close to Tanzania-Kenya border.
He said that the arrest is a result of crackdown operation aimed at nabbing marijuana farmers, traders, and users, which started on January 15.
“In the operation, police seized more than 1,000 kilograms of cannabis, which was stored in bags and some in a godown which used to store foodstuffs as the perpetrators were working on how to take to the market,” the regional police chief said.
Satta said that during the operation, police cleared five hectares of marijuana farms in the district, which is one of the notorious for growing the illegal crop in Mara Region located in the eastern part of Lake Victoria.
The RPC named the suspects will soon be taken to court so that legal action takes its course.
He also appealed to join in the war against marijuana farming, transporting, selling and using the drugs.
Mara is one of the Tanzania’s key marijuana producing regions. Other regions in which the most cannabis is cultivated are Arusha, Morogoro, Iringa, Tabora, Rukwa, Ruvuma, and Tanga. Enditem