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Drug trafficking

Aug 9, 2010, 12:03 PM

Despite the stiff counter-narcotics laws in place in this country, it seems some people are still engaging in drug trafficking.

Reports suggest that there have been an increase in successful interceptions. However, that this is the case means the drug market continues to thrive, as we are still told of the discovery or seizure by the relevant state authorities of fresh quantities of illicit drugs.

Drug trafficking has far-reaching effects on many aspects of society, from the presence of gangs and gang-related violence to the impact of drug money in poor neighbourhoods.

Indeed, crime, violence, and drug-use go hand-in-hand.

Drug abuse and illicit trafficking hold back achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and should be fought as part of an overall policy to wipe out social ills, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was quoted to have said.

The countries of drug production have been seen as the worst affected by global drugs trade. Drugs produce long term consequences and problems in societies, such as health problems, and socio-economic and political instability.

In many countries worldwide, the illegal drugs trade is thought to be directly linked to violent crimes such as murder; this is especially true in third world countries, but is also an issue for many developed countries.

We would at all times encourage the NDEA and police to continue the hard work, not to relax in their alertness and efforts to arrest proliferation and trafficking of illicit drugs related activities in this small country, where people uphold human morality.

Well-being, social cohesion and security should be the objectives which guide their actions in combating drugs.

"Drug trafficking syndicates are continually evolving more and more sophisticated methods to evade detection for drug shipments and this is yet another example of this."

Simon Williamson