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80-acre ‘wee’ farm destroyed at Liati-Dafonu

The Narcotics Control Commission have discovered and destroyed a large cannabis cultivation at Liati Dafonu in the Afadjato South district of the Volta Region.
A team of officers made up of 70 officers from NACOC, Ghana Immigration Service, the National Investigation Bereau and the Hohoe Divisional Police Command invaded the plantation at about 7 am of Thursday, February 3, 2022 to destroy the farms

It is unclear who owned the farm as the farmers who were on the farm absconded however four farm hards, a male and three females including a minor have been arrested and assisting with investigation.

The large cannabis farm ,dotted in various parts of the forest is said to belongs to different individuals who have planted corn to serve as boundaries between their respective farms.

The farmers had strategically laid irrigation pipes from a nearby stream to the farms to irrigate the cannabis farms, enabling them to produce all year round irrespective of rain pattern. They have also connected electric power to the farmlands to boost their activities.

The team also discovered a number of water pumping machines, two motorcycles, a tractor in sheds which serve as resting places for the farmers.

illegal cultivation

Briefing Journalists after the destruction of the over 80 acres of Indian-hemp- infested land, the Head of Communications and Media Relations of NACOC, Mr Francis Opoku Amoah said per the new Narcotics Control Commission Act, Act 1019, section 39, it is illegal for any individual to cultivate the prohibited herb.

He explained that although section 43 makes special provision relating to cannabis cultivation, it does not give people a blank cheque to go into the large size of farming.

He said farming of cannabis must be done with a licence and its production must not contain more than 0.3 per cent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for industrial and medicinal purposes.

Arrests

On the arrests, Mr Amoah said of the four farmhands arrested on February 1, 2022 one was a minor, a 13 year of girl, while two others, a 16 years lactating mother and 18 year old, a pregnant woman, have been granted bail.

He said the the 29 year old male was in custody at the Hohoe Police Station assisting in investigation.

Mr Amoah commended the sister organisation, the Ghana Immigration Service, the Ghana Police Service and the National Investigation Bereau, as well as the National Crime Agency for the support and collaboration.

Recce

The Officer in charge of the Ghana Immigration Service Operators Team in Hohoe, which did the initial recce of the area ,Assistant Superintendent of Immigration, (ASI) David Tindan, said they recieved information from their Commander in charge of Operation Motherland, Chief Superintendent of Immigration, Leslie Martin about the activities of the wee farmers and followed it up with an ambush on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, which led to the arrest the four suspects who were handed over to the police.

He said they later relayed the message to the NACOC and NIB who came into conduct the destruction and take up the matter for further investigation.

Writer’s email benjamin.glover@graphic.com.gh

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