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Narcotics Control Commission destroys ₵50million worth of cannabis

The Narcotics Control Commission has destroyed cannabis worth 50 million cedis at the Bundase Military camp here in Accra.

The 50,000 kilos of cannabis were intercepted between the years 2021 and 2023 in the Volta and Eastern Regions.

According to the Commission, an Accra High Court issued a destruction certificate to destroy the cannabis.

Narcotics Control Commission destroys ₵50million worth of cannabis

Five suspects caught transporting the substances are currently standing trial and a few others are at large as the Police increases effort to locate and arrest them.

The vehicles used to transport the substances have been impounded at the Commission’s headquarters in Accra.

The Commission under normal circumstances would have used an incinerator to destroy the cannabis, but due to the large amount of the drugs, the Commission decided to resort to open air destruction.  

According to the Acting Director of Public Affairs and International Relations of NACOC, Francis Opoku Amoah, recreational cannabis continues to be illegal and vowed to go hard on persons cultivating cannabis.

Narcotics Control Commission destroys ₵50million worth of cannabis

“As you know per our law, when you look at Act 1019 of the Narcotic Control Commission, section 39 down to 42, it talks about the fact that cannabis is illegal and therefore people who engage in it whether they are cultivating it or using it is illegal. And therefore it remains illegal”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Commission has cautioned those smuggling cannabis to desist from such activities since they will be prosecuted if found culpable.

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