At about 7 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2022, a team of 70 officers from NACOC, Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), the National Investigation Bureau (NIB), and the Hohoe Divisional Police Command stormed the plantation to destroy it.
Farmers that were on the land absconded, therefore it’s unknown who owned the farm.
Four agricultural employees, a man and three women, were arrested and are cooperating with the investigation.
The farm was discovered on February 1st, and the suspects were apprehended. They went back to the farm on Thursday morning to raze it.
The vast cannabis plantation, strewn over the woodland, is said to be the property of several persons who have planted corn as a border between their farms.
Farmers intentionally placed irrigation lines from a nearby stream to the farms to irrigate the cannabis, allowing them to produce all year regardless of rain patterns. In order to promote their activities, they have also connected electric power to the fields.
A number of water pumping machinery, two motorcycles, and a tractor were also located in sheds that serve as farmers’ resting areas.
Illegally grown plants
According to the new Narcotics Control Commission Act, Act 1019, section 39, it is prohibited for any anyone to produce the herb, according to NACOC’s Head of Communications and Media Relations, Mr Francis Opoku Amoah.
Despite the fact that section 43 creates special provisions for cannabis growing, he stressed that it does not give anyone a free pass to engage in large-scale farming.
He stated that cannabis planting requires a license and that the product must contain less than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) for both industrial and medical reasons.
Mr Amoah described the four farmhands arrested on February 1, 2022 as a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old breastfeeding mother, and an 18-year-old pregnant woman. Bail was granted to the three men.
The fourth suspect, a 29-year-old man, was taken into arrest at the Hohoe Police Station and held in custody.
The probe is still on.
Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (ASI) David Tindan, the Officer in Charge of the Ghana Immigration Service Operators Team in Hohoe, said they received information about the activities of the “wee” farmers from their Commander in Charge of Operation Motherland, Chief Superintendent of Immigration, Leslie Martin, and responded with an ambush on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, which led to the arrest of the four suspects.
He said they later communicated the message to the NACOC and NIB, who arrived to carry out the destruction and investigate the situation further.