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Kenya is the main transit point for bhang in East Africa

31 October 2014, 10:34

Nairobi - Kenya it has emerged is the main transit point for the spread of bhang in the region.

Tanzanian police Thursday said they have seized 9,102 kg of marijuana in an ongoing crackdown operation in northern part of the country.

Arusha Regional Police Commander Liberatus Sabas said the seizure follows an operation carried out in Olkokora village located on the slopes of Mount Meru, Tanzania's second highest mountain after Kilimanjaro.

He said the operation involved police officers, officials of the anti-narcotics unit and other security agencies.

The police chief said the 267 bags of marijuana were seized on Tuesday and Wednesday, which were hidden in the mountain gorges and some in people's homes.

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"During the operation, police managed to set fire on two acre farm of bhang," he said, "But, no one has been arrested as most of the people in the area fled their homes after seeing police officers stormed in the village," the official said.

The seized consignment came barely a month after police impounded 175 kg of marijuana which were en-route to eastern coastal city of Tanga from Arusha.

Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) is widely grown on the slopes of Mount Meru, protected by poor terrain and resistance from local residents.

Tanzania is the second largest marijuana producer in Africa after South Africa and its largest consignment is destined to Kenya's Nairobi which serves as the distribution point for Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Sudan.

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