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Police Destroy Narcotic Drugs Worth Shs 7billion Impounded at Entebbe Airport

The Anti Narcotics Department of Uganda Police Force has Thursday afternoon destroyed 618 kilograms of narcotic drugs impounded from drug traffickers in country.

The assortment of destroyed drugs according to police was worth Shs 7.4 billion.

Police authorities said that the narcotics were impounded from Entebbe Airport since 2015 by aviation police and anti-narcotics detectives.

According to Acting Director Anti-narcotics Mr Zarugaba Tinka, this is just a batch that has been cleared by courts to be destroyed but exhibit stores in Entebbe have not been emptied.

He said that there are some more drugs with impending investigations and tests by the government analytical laboratory impending court orders, but shall be destroyed when they are fit.

The batch of drugs destroyed at Nsambya today included: heroine weighing 156kgs, Cocaine 98kg, Marijuana 78kgs and Khart 24kgs.

Director Criminal Investigations Directorate AIGP Grace Akullo revealed that up to 2018, 53 cases of drug trafficking were reported and 58 suspects were arrested.

Among the suspects, the director said that 37 were arraigned in courts of law as 9 cases are still pending to date.

She further revealed that 20 people were convicted, well as 12 persons referred for treatment in Butabika Mental Hospital.

The director also told the press that persons of up to 10 nationalities were involved in the drug trafficking rackets since 2015.

They included Ugandans, Tanzanians, Nigerians, Latvians, Bolivians as well as Norwegian nationals.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police Sabitti Muzeyi who witnessed the destruction said that challenges facing the anti-narcotics departments will soon be sorted since police is setting up a training facility for detectives in Kibuli.

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He pointed out that drug trafficking is sophisticated organized crime which if not addressed can disorganize the social economic order of the country.

He added that government created and enacted strong laws regarding drug trafficking that will enable the crime to be reduced and also scare away traffickers from using Entebbe Airport as a conduit.

However, Police noted that traffickers have recently realized that Entebbe Airport is risky and now have resorted to use of water transport on Lake Victoria, landing at Port Bell.


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