Friday, May 12, 2006

Zimbabwe cops find massive marijuana farm

Mail and Guardian Online

Harare, Zimbabwe - Twenty-one people appeared in court in southern Zimbabwe after the discovery of a flourishing marijuana plantation, reports said on Thursday.

The 21 are part of a group of 29 arrested and charged under Zimbabwe's Dangerous Drugs Act, said the state-controlled Herald newspaper.

The marijuana farm was found after police arrested a man smoking the drug -- known locally as mbanje -- and he led them to his source, according to the report."

The detectives discovered almost 40 fields with an average of 1 500 plants," the paper said. The haul is reported to have a street value of around 15-billion Zimbabwe dollars ($150 000).

Several of those arrested were in their sixties.Farmers are struggling to produce other kinds of crops in cash-strapped Zimbabwe, where there are significant shortages of the foreign currency, fuel and machinery needed to improve harvests.


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