Arusha Times (Arusha)

24 March 2013

Tanzania: Police in Arusha Seize Illegal Drugs

Police in Arusha Region have impounded 53 parcels of an illegal mind bending drug, known as khat (Catha edulis) in two different incidents.

In the first incident, they seized a Toyota Premio vehicle with registration number T 224 BAQ, owned by George Peter Mungi, loaded with 22 bags of khat locally known as mirungi.

Confirming the incident, the Arusha Regional Police Commander, Mr. Liberatus Sabas said the incident happened on March 16, this year during morning hours in Kaloleni Area, Arusha City. They impounded 22 parcels weighing 360 kilogrammes.

The Regional Police Commander said after the police patrol suspected the vehicle, its driver ran away. Police were still looking for both the driver and the owner of the vehicle so that they could be taken to the court to answer charges.

In the another incident Police arrested Benjamin Babu (40), a resident of Olmatejoo in Arusha in possession of 31 bags of khat.

Mr. Sabas asked those who were doing illicit business to explore other options of legal business as the police have stepped up the war against illegal businesses including drugs.

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