The Uganda Police Force headed by its AIGP yesterday afternoon destroyed durgs seized from the year 2015 to date.The 618 Kilograms of narcotics worth US $2.8m (Shs 10bn) were torched down at the Nsambya Police Barracks in Kampala.
AIGP Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi applauded the anti-narcotics officers and other security agencies for ensuring drug traffickers do not use the country as a safe haven to do their trade.
“If not checked, drugs can disrupt social order. That is why every effort is made by countries to have these crimes stopped,Trafficking in narcotics is one of the transnational organized crimes like human trafficking, money laundering and terrorism,” said Sabiiti.“These crimes are committed by criminals that are highly organized and their activities have global impact on society they operate in.
The drugs destroyed today included 68.57kgs of heroin, 16.50kgs of cocaine, 4.0kgs of methamphetamine, 12.422kgs of marijuana, and 148.46kgs of cathe edulis.
Sabiiti also added that police have created a department of anti-narcotics to specifically deal with crimes arising from drug trafficking and abuse.”
Laudato Masimo, an Italian national, according to Police, was nabbed with three kilograms of heroin as he was boarding a plane to Brussels from Entebbe International Airport.
This shows how the government and the police leadership are determined to ensure that the population is protected from crimes arising from drugs,” he said.He added that drug abuse has an effect on the lives of youths, most of whom are addicted to them and are living with complicated health and social issues.
Addiction is a complicated condition that is difficult to deal with, I urge all people to desist from taking drugs. Uganda Police Force shall remain at the forefront of ensuring that our society is free from drugs,” the Deputy Inspector General of Police noted.He noted that one of the ways being used to tackle drug abuse and trafficking in narcotics is to strengthen the anti narcotics department and capacity building.