Police find two and a half tonnes of marijuana in Jordan farm raid
Two people were arrested on Tuesday following a police raid on two marijuana farms that officials described as the largest bust to take place in recent years.
Anti-Narcotics Department (AND) and Gendarmerie forces stormed the farms, located in one of the Kingdom’s governorates, and arrested the two suspects without any major incidents, a senior AND official said.
“Agents seized two-and-a-half tonnes of marijuana from the farms,” the official told The Jordan Times.
It was one of the largest marijuana busts in the Kingdom in years, even though the seized marijuana was raw and would have lost half its weight after being processed, the source said.
According to AND statistics, 154 kilogrammes of marijuana were seized in 2011, 106 kilogrammes in 2010 and 30 kilogrammes in 2009.
Security forces also found illegal weapons and ammunition at the scene, he noted.
The source said the authorities had recently received a tip that the owners of the farm were allegedly growing marijuana, adding that the plants were intended for local consumption and trafficking purposes.
The suspects, who had previous criminal records in cases related to illegal drug trafficking, were referred to the State Security Court prosecution for further questioning, according to the official.