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Mozambican authorities arrested 764 people for drug trafficking and drug use in 2018, against 570 the previous year, a 34% increase, according to data from the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).
“Combating drug production, trafficking and consumption is a complex activity that requires a combination of the efforts of various institutions and segments of society,” a report by the Mozambican PGR that Lusa gained access to on Wednesday reads.
Maputo International Airport is a favourite route for traffickers, registering a total of 25 cases last year, compared to 11 in 2017.
“Our country is considered a privileged corridor for trafficking drugs destined for countries both on our continent and in Europe, Asia and America,” the report adds.
According to the Mozambican PGR, cannabis continues to be the most popular drug in the country, with authorities seizing in about 7 tons in 2018, against 5 tons in 2017. Cocaine has also seen an increase in seizures, rising from 21 kilograms in 2017 to 155 kilograms last year.
Ephedrine also rose, from 8 kilograms in 2017 to 62 in 2018.
“Despite these results, we are aware of the need to strengthen our investigative capacity, through specialisation among magistrates and the investigators of the National Criminal Investigation Service,” the document reads.
In total, 877 cases related to drug trafficking and drug use were filed in 2018, compared to 660 in the previous year. In 2018, the city of Maputo and the province of Inhambane recorded the highest number of cases related to these crimes, with 125 and 101, respectively.Source: Lusa