Police in Busia is holding five people for attempting to smuggle a sack of marijuana from Uganda to Kenya.
Busia District Police Commander Nelson Nahabwe identifies the suspects as Olivia Bakyawa, Aaron Wambidde, Ali Abdul, Abdul Kinyatta and one other whose identity was concealed for security reasons.
Nahabwe told Uganda Radio Network that the suspects were arrested in an operation conducted by police following a tip off that the group was preparing to smuggle the drug to Kenya during the night.
Nahabwe said Police impounded a sack of marijuana leaves, seeds and 43 hand-rolls of the drug hidden in the home of one of the suspects, Olivia Bakyawa. She later exposed her accomplices.
One of the witnesses, Muhammed Shaban who witnessed the operation narrated to URN what happened.
Early this week, Uganda Radio Network published a story indicating that law enforcement agencies are struggling to end the thriving cultivation and consumption of marijuana in the district.
A survey by our reporter indicated that marijuana dealers have taken to large scale cultivation because of the ready market in the neighboring Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.
Kennedy Adhola Otiti, the Busia Resident District Commissioner notes that although marijuana trade and consumption is illegal in Uganda, Busia residents are publicly involved in its cultivation and consumption. He says the banned substance is commonly grown in Masinya, Buhehe, Lumino sub counties bordering Kenya.