Ethiopia Arrests 80 Foreigners Linked with Drug Trafficking  

ADDIS ABABA – Police in Ethiopia arrested at least 80 foreigners involved in drug trafficking in the 2018/19 fiscal year that ended on July 7.

Federal Police Commission captured more than 186 kilogram cocaine, 9 kilogram heroin and 1104 kilogram cannabis mostly trafficked through Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

The drug was being transported by Nigerians, Brazilians, Venezuelans and South African traffickers, who were detained at the airport, Mengisteab Beyene, Deputy Director of the Operation at the Commission, told state-run news agency.

The detained individuals are from 17 different countries.  Twenty-three of them are women.

Commander Mengsiteab said cocaine is the most dangerous drug Police frequently intercepted during transit with its origin mainly from Latin America.

“This is because 0f our airlines accessibility as it has flight destination in Brazil and the country’s topography,” said the Commander.

There were also cases where drug traffickers attempted to use Postal and DHL services to transport drugs, he said. Such attempts have recently reduced due to strict monitoring and controlling works.

Meanwhile, more than seven hectares of cannabis farms have also been found and destroyed in Shashemene and Addis Ababa cities during the fiscal year, according to Police.

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