Hemp is used in making different food products including cakes, chocolates, chocolate bars, juices, milkshakes and delivered through online platforms in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Police arrested three youths with hemp-based food products during a raid in the capital’s Gulshan and Uttara on Sunday evening.
Those arrested are Zubair Hossain, Anubhab Khan Ribu and Nafiza Naza. They are in their twenties.
Hemp and hemp food products were also seized during the raid.
DMP Gulshan Division Deputy Commissioner Asaduzzaman said on Monday that those arrested were using an online platform to take orders and deliver the drug and drug-containing food items.
About 1,100 members of the social media group use the platform for buying and delivering drugs, the officer said.
Online food delivery platforms Foodpanda and Pathao Food are used to deliver the hemp food products, DC Asaduzzaman said.
Based on a tip-off, a Gulshan Police team first arrested Zubair from Gulshan Road 6 while delivering the hemp foods at around 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
During his interrogation, Zubair informed the police that they made the food products with hemp in an apartment in sector 12 of Uttara.
Based on his information, the police arrested the other two from Uttara and seized 900 grams of hemp and more than 6 kilograms of chocolates, cakes and fruit juices, milkshakes and hemp buns.
Those arrested said they learned the recipes for making hemp-mixed foods by watching Youtube videos from Canadian and African drug traffickers.
Zubair delivers the items while Anubhab and Nafiza help with the manufacturing, police said.
Extracts from 5 kilograms of hemp are needed to make 1 kilogram of chocolate. Customers come from wealthy families in the chic districts of the capital because food is expensive.