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UGANDA: Police arrests two, uproots marijuana farm

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Police has uprooted a three acre farm of marijuana in Bulwanyi, Ssisa Subcounty,Wakiso District.

Two suspected cultivators are already in custody.

The two suspects arrested are Umar Ssentongo aged 28 years, Hakim Kibwiika aged 35 yrs believed to be involved in the cultivation of the illicit drugs and are being questioned at Bulwanyi Police Post.

These suspects confirmed being involved in this trade for nearly 7 months and have been having a steady supply market in areas of Kikoni and Kisenyi, Kampala City.

They have been charged with cultivation of prohibited plants from which a narcotic drug or psychotropic substance may be extracted under SD REF: 08/07/03/2018 (Bulwanyi Police Post).

This is provided in the Narcotic Drugs And Psychotropic Substances Control Bill 2007.

This operation was through a tip off from a land owner discovering the marijuana plants and two men weeding as he toured through his piece of land and rushed to police for assistance.

“Our team of officers and crime preventers responded,apprehended suspects and helped in uprooting the “African soft killing weed”,” said Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson.

The marijuana plants uprooted have been disposed at an isolated location where public have no access to avoid the negative effects inhaling the smoke produced.

“We shall be visiting communities in Wakiso and speaking to respective leaders to reaffirm our commitment in working together and ensuring the protection of communities,” Luke said.

He added: “We appeal to people who engage in marijuana farming to refrain from such activities for these drugs are dangerous for one’s health and may cause mental illness. Such an activity is illegal and we will continue to track down people responsible for such activities.”

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