Police confiscate over 15 tonnes of marijuana in Arusha Region

15Jul 2020
The Guardian
Police confiscate over 15 tonnes of marijuana in Arusha Region

​​​​​​​POLICE in Arusha Region has impounded a consignment of over 15 tonnes of marijuana as it was being transported to a neighbouring country.

The Arusha Regional Police Commander Salum Hamdun said the illicit drug was seized at Albomba village in Longido district after the police became suspicious of the vehicle’s movements and started tailing it.

He said when the police were chasing the vehicle with Reg. T302BXZ that usually plying Arusha-Namanga had a flat tyre and the driver had to abandon it and fled but was arrested after six hours following a big police hunt.

RPC Hamdun congratulated the police personnel who impounded the illicit drug and the vehicle and promised that they will be rewarded for the good job well  done.


RPC Hamdun also congratulated Longido district officials for the cooperation given to the police in the fight against criminal activities in the area.

Earlier, the chairman of the Longido District Defense and Committee Frank Mwaisumbe who is also District Commissioner said the seizure of the marijuana was made possible through cooperation of the people of the area especially those living near the border.

The marijuana consignment was impounded only a few days after another consignment of the illicit drug was seized in Arumeru District that saw some of district officials being held accountable.

According to the law any vehicle seized transporting illicit drugs is automatically confiscated by the state.

However, it is the first time in Longido district, and also Arusha region for vehicle to be intercepted transporting illicit drugs.

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