Thursday 22 March 2018

International drug barons now targeting Botswana – Police

International drug barons now targeting Botswana – Police
(AFP 10/13/17)

APA-Gaborone-(Botswana) - Botswana has become the latest target of international drug syndicates whose activities are threatening a drug abuse crisis in the southern African country, the police said on Friday.

Director of crime intelligence in the Botswana Police Service (BPS), Nunu Lesetedi told APA that international drug dealers had descended on the country and were working with locals to distribute their merchandise.

Lesetedi said this has prompted the BPS to launch a crackdown on the syndicates and their local partners.

He said investigations have shown that the drug dealers are mostly from South Africa and Swaziland.

“We have established that the international drug dealers are working together with locals who are acting as their consumers as well as distributors,” the official said.

He revealed that drug use has spiralled out of control in the country’s urban centres, but did not provide statistics.

“We are trying by all means to bring the issue under control and our aim is to completely block the supply of drugs into the country. We are currently doing border patrols to stop supply of these drugs into the country,” he said.

According to Lesetedi, drugs that have been finding their way into Botswana include marijuana, cocaine and a recreational drug called methcathinone.

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