GOMPA, Nimba – The Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency assigned in Nimba said it has uprooted and destroyed 5,000 marijuana plants from a farm in Seikpah Town in upper Nimba.
The agency made the announcement in a press release issued on May 5, 2017, adding that the owner of the farm, Zlahn Vaye, along with his wife, were on the run.
The couple is now on the LDEA’s “wanted” notice pending investigation.
A similar exercise was conducted two years ago in Palala, Bong. Several arrests have in recent times been made in a joint partnership with Liberia National Police, confiscating huge quantities of marijuana from Nimba to Montserrado meant for sale.
The confiscated plants are often burnt and those arrested in connection with growing and distribution are forwarded to court for prosecution.
The release said the local authority of the LDEA in Nimba, headed by Julius C. Kanubah, Sr., is working out plans for programs that will eliminate the farming of such illegal crops.
“We have a plan to embark on concrete actions to eradicate the illegal cultivation of addictive plants by introducing substitute crops by adopting within a special program, an integrated approach which takes cognizance of the need to provide a losing source of livelihood for communities of illicit plants in Nimba County,” the release added.
Feature photo courtesy of Ozgur Cagdas