Monday June 30 2014

Narcotics worth Shs109b burnt


KAMPALA- Narcotic drugs worth Shs109b impounded at Entebbe International Airport in the last three years have been destroyed.
The drugs weighing upto to 159kg included heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and cannabis.

Ms Grace Akullo, the police director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate, said the drugs were impounded in 52 cases and all were handled by the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Entebbe.

“These cases were successfully investigated, suspects prosecuted and drugs impounded,” Ms Akullo said.
Consumption and sell of narcotic drugs is illegal under the Ugandan laws.

The drugs were burnt at Nsambya Police Barracks in Kampala at a function presided over by Dr Steven Kagoda, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Internal Affairs.
In the 52 cases, government got Shs35m in fines from 49 convicts.

Ms Akullo said Uganda remains a transit route for narcotic drugs because of its weak laws.

“In other East African countries, the fine is three times the price of drugs impounded in Uganda; the fine is Shs1m or imprisonment not exceeding one year,” Ms Akullo said.