Arusha Times (Arusha)

12 April 2014

Tanzania: Manyara Police Arrest 55 Suspects of Illegal Drugs Trade

Fifty five people have been arrested by police in Manyara Region allegedly for possessing illegal drugs including 3,000 joints of marijuana and bundles of khat.

Manyara's Regional Police Commander, Mr. Deusdedit Nsimeki said that the suspects were arrested in various locations following a sustained police search in a period of three months.

Among those arrested 31 allegedly possessed khat while 24 were accused of having marijuana.

He also confirmed that 3,000 joints of marijuana were impounded in a bus plying between Arusha and Dodoma via Babati and Singida. The bus with registration number T 837 ATC was impounded in Maisaka 'A' Area in Babati Town.

"Police inspected the bus and the marijuana joints were found hidden inside spare tyres of the bus and others in suitcases of some passengers," said commander Nsimeki.

"We are ready to do the frequent inspections in various areas including guest houses both in towns and villages," said Mr. Nsimeki.

Mr. Nisei urged the residents of Manyara Region to give co-operation the police in exposing the illegal drugs dealers.

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