The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has destroyed 500kg of Marijuana at the Bundase Military base in the Greater Accra region on Friday 27 July 2018.
The exercise was carried out upon the orders of an Accra Criminal High Court presided over by Justice Justin K. Dorgu.
The exercise also witnessed the burning of 100kg of Khat, a flowering plant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula which is chewed and contains alkaloid cathinone and a stimulant, which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite, and euphoria. It is mostly posted through the courier services from East Africa mainly Ethiopia and repackaged to Europe and North America.
Reports shows NACOB in December 2017 impounded a truck full of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis at Buokono, near Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region. This was upon a tip-off that a boat from Dzemeni in the Volta Region was loaded with cannabis and had offloaded its content onto a truck at a village near Asesewa with its final destination being Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.
The destruction exercise was done in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, the military, Ghana Standard Authority (GSA), Judicial Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the media.
The burnt drugs were worth GhC500,000, according to the Board.
NACOB further urged the public to voluntarily provide information that could lead to the arrest of persons suspected to be indulging in narcotics related acts since it remains committed to the fight against drug trafficking and peddling.