The Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) of the Eastern Regional Police Command has destroyed an acre size marijuana farm at Nkurakan, a community in the Yilo Krobo district notorious for cultivation of cannabis.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, the operation was jointly carried out by the DLEU and Nkurakan Police upon intelligence.
He said when the team got to the cannabis farm on August 26, 2018 at about 2pm, the suspect farmer was met in a wooden structure located in the middle of the farm and during interrogation admitted ownership of the narcotic farm.
DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, disclosed that a search in a wooden structure led to the retrieval of a big rafia basket and rubber container filled dried leaves suspected to be harvested cannabis.
The suspect was arrested while the farm destroyed.
Most communities in the Yilo Krobo district are notorious for the cultivation of Marijuana. Several farmers have diversified to the illicit drug business because they say it is more lucrative than crop farming.
Previous firefighting approach to clamping down on the menace was not successful.
Many peddlers in the illicit drug smuggling chain sneak to the area to purchase many quantities of the substance from the farmers making it a booming business.
On August 7, 2018 the Nkurakan Police arrested suspect Iddrisu Yakubu , 38, with two blue brown fertilizer sacks containing 44 compressed slabs of Marijuana mixed with dried cassava popularly known as Konkonte’.