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The 'suruma cookies' were being sold outside a school by a 12-year-old. Photo: TVM
A nineteen-year-old man is in custody in Infulene police station on suspicion of selling biscuits containing cannabis, (commonly known as ‘suruma’ [sometimes spelt ‘soruma’) in schools in the city and province of Maputo.
The police officer cited by TVM explains how a 12 year-old was caught selling the cookies who led them to the ‘producer’ they arrested in Maputo’s Luis Cabral neighbourhood.
The detainee explains the operation: “He gave it [cannabis] to me because I had some friends who said that they wanted the biscuits, they wanted the biscuits, so I estimated the quantity [supposedly to cook the ‘product’] I wanted for myself and then he brought it to me.”
He seems to add that he does not know the supplier: “I called different numbers. I only know him by sight.”
The main dealer confirms the 12-year-old’s story. “Yes, yes. He came to me. He was caught there in Malate. He came to me and said he wanted the biscuits. He came to me there in my neighbourhood. He was selling here in Malate.”
Police says that the detainee is a member of a criminal gang and adds that it’s now tracking down the others.
Figures recently released by the provincial Drug Prevention Bureau points to Matola as the main focus for the sale and consumption of drugs in Maputo province.
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