The biggest Indian hemp farm in Imo State has been discovered and destroyed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Reports have it that, the NDLEA discovered and destroyed massive plots of land used for the cultivation of Marijuana, otherwise called Indian hemp.
The farm is situated at Umuagu, Umuguma community in Owerri West Council Area of the state, and is described as the largest Indian hemp farm to be discovered in the state.
The manhunt for the owner(s) of the farm has been ongoing until the 26th of May, 2022, when operatives of the NDLEA in Imo State raided the Cannabis farm in Owerri. One of its patrons and suspects was arrested at the farm during the raid.
Sometime back, the Imo Commander of NDLEA, Ruben Apeh, expressed worry over the prevalence of drug abuse in Imo state, especially within the last year, at the event marking the 2022 United Nations day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
He emphasized the activities of drug dealers in Imo State, stating that it’s now disturbing and has become a thing of sophistication among the younger generation in the state. He further implored the stakeholders and media to join forces to curb the menace plaguing the state.
“We, therefore, call on our stakeholders and the media to rise to the occasion of partnering with the Agency to reach out to people by way of sensitizing them about the dangers of drug abuse because mobilizing and informing the citizenry is the only way forward to discourage the youths and adults from drug abuse.” he appealed.
Reports have it that the spokesperson for NDLEA in Imo state, Shehu Lamuwa, confirmed the story, but declined to give further details.