Police in Uganda have destroyed 618 Kilograms of narcotics worth US $2.8m at the Nsambya Police Barracks seized from drug traffickers from 2015 to date.
While at the Police headquarters, the Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi applauded the great work done by the anti-narcotics officers and other security agencies for ensuring that drug traffickers do not exploit Uganda as a safe haven to do their trade.
The DIGP said that narcotics is listed as one of the transnational organized crimes like human trafficking, money laundering and terrorism. The trade, he adds is committed by highly organized criminals whose activities have great global impact within societies they operate in.
“If not checked, drugs can disrupt social order. That is why every effort is made by countries to have these crimes stopped,” he warned.
He assured nationals that the authorities have created a department of anti-narcotics to specifically deal with crimes arising from drug trafficking and abuse.
“We have created a department of anti-narcotics to specifically deal with crimes arising from drug trafficking and abuse.” Said Maj.Gen Sabiti. “This shows how the government and the police leadership are determined to ensure that the population is protected from crimes arising from drugs,”
Maj. Gen Sabiti further stressed that the use of drugs has a negative impact on the lives of youth, most of whom are addicted to its usage and are living with complicated health and social issues.
“Once one starts drug abuse, getting away from it is very difficult. 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.
The DIGP advised listeners that that in order to tackle drug trafficking and its abuse, they need to strengthen the anti-narcotics department and capacity building.
The drugs destroyed included: 68.57kgs of heroin, 16.50kgs of cocaine, 4.0kgs of methamphetamine, 12.422kgs of marijuana, and 148.46kgs of cathe edulis.