Tanzania named as a major international drugs smuggling route

22Aug 2018
By Financial Times Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
Financial Times
Tanzania named as a major international drugs smuggling route

BRITAIN'S specialist heroin-busting squad has named Tanzania as a major transit route for illicit drugs from Afghanistan which are smuggled for eventual sale in Europe.

The UK's International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, with Lt Col Peter Kemp of the British Royal Marines during her visit to the Msasani Bay in Dar es Salaam this month to inspect an anti-drugs operation. PHOTO/AGENCIES

British border agents and the Royal Marines said they have stopped millions of pounds worth of heroin trade across the Indian Ocean from Tanzania, according to latest media reports from the UK.

Rogers Siyanga, Commissioner General of the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA), was not immediately available for comment.

The UK's International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, joined Britain's specialist heroin-busting squad in Tanzania this month as she pledged new cash to help authorities lock-up drug lords.

Mordaunt took to the helm of a police boat off the coast of Tanzania to see first-hand how British expertise has caught 100kgs of heroin in Tanzania bound for Europe.

The amount of Afhgan heroin smuggled through ports on the Swahili coast has rocketed since the Taliban seized control in the early 2000s.

"Now an estimated 40 per cent of all heroin transported across the West Indian Ocean is destined for Tanzania. Most ends up being sold in Europe," The Sun newspaper of the UK said in a report.

"In addition, much of the heroin being smuggled into neighbouring Mozambique is then re-transported into Tanzania by land."

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