By Kampala Post Reporter
The Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi says the Force is making destruction of narcotic drug exhibits a routine activity to avoid risks associated with long storage.
Maj Gen Sabiiti was on Tuesday presiding over destruction of over 105kilograms of narcotic drug exhibits worth over three trillion Shillings. The exercise was held at Nsambya Police Barracks. The Deputy IGP observed that routine destruction of the drugs would also be proof of police commitment to fight drug trafficking and abuse.
“These exhibits have been seized from traffickers within a period of five months and I am happy with the work of Uganda Police Force and other security agencies at Entebbe International Airport who are ensuring that drug abuse and trafficking are reduced in our country,” he noted.
He added, “globally, countries are dealing with four major trans-national organized crimes, namely; drug trafficking, human trafficking, money laundering and terrorism, which crimes are interlinked; the perpetrators use the same modes in committing them and have a global impact on social, economic and political aspects of the societies where they occur.”
The destroyed narcotic drugs included; 98.80kgs of heroin, 4.40kgs of mixture of heroin and cocaine, 0.69kgs mixture of cocaine and methamphetamine, and 1.13kgs of cannabis. The deputy IGP emphasized that the Uganda Police Force would keep on strengthening the Anti-Narcotics Department’s capacity as a way of addressing drug abuse and trafficking in narcotics.
“We will keep on partnering with the sister forces, Criminal Justice players and non-governmental Organizations in ensuring that we join synergies in fighting drug abuse from our country,” he said. Meanwhile AIGP Grace Akullo, the Director CID said effects of narcotic drug abuse are enormous, citing crimes like murder, rape and defilement which she attributed to drug abuse.
“Our strategy as a Force is to among others enhance collaboration with all stakeholders in the fight against the vice of drug abuse and trafficking through continuous trainings, community sensitization and tracing, restraining the proceeds of crime and to ensure they are forfeit,” AIGP Akullo said.