Police confiscate over 10 tons of marijuana in northern Tanzania

Tanzania ranks fourth in the world as a producer of dried marijuana.


ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) -- Police in northern Tanzania on Saturday announced to have confiscated 12.4 tons of marijuana, the biggest seizure of the illicit drug of the year in the East African nation.

Arusha Regional Police Chief Liberatus Sabas told reporters here that the seizure is part of their commitment to freeing the country from narcotics and drugs.

"This is a result of collective effort made by the police force, Anti-Narcotics Unit and other security agencies," Sabas said.

In the five-day marijuana crackdown operation, police also managed to clear more than 15 acres of cannabis farms on the slopes of Mount Meru, the second tallest peak in Tanzania after Mount Kilimanjaro.

"We have seized 124 bags of marijuana," Sabas said, without divulging the actual value of the cannabis.

A number of vehicles loaded with bags of marijuana...

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