More than 900 people arrested in Angola for drug trafficking
Luanda, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Over 900 people were detained in Angola for drug trafficking from January to June this year, as it was disclosed by the Drug Trafficking Directorate of the Criminal Investigation Service (CIS).
The chief superintendent Carlos Manuel, from the Department of Studies, Information and Technical Support of the aforementioned agency, indicated in an interview to the Jornal de Angola newspaper that the majority of the 933 arrested are citizens of this country.
The arrests, he said, are linked to 829 cases of drug trafficking, cultivation and consumption, involving two individuals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and 105 women.
During the period in question, the CIS sent 626 cases to the Court for trial, with the accused arrested; it confiscated 13,320 kilograms of cocaine, 106.74 grams of crack, 18,738 kilograms of liamba (marijuana) and destroyed 8,053 liamba plants, the official said, as cited by the newspaper.
The air routes most used by traffickers, he pointed out, are São Paulo (Brazil)-Luanda, and São Paulo-Luanda, with stops in Ethiopia or Lisbon (Portugal).
According to the source, cocaine and crack usually arrive hidden in luggage, anal and vaginal cavities, clothes, car accessories, elastic straps, pressed wood, ladies' wallets, chocolates and sweets, as well as in locks and wigs.
Angolans are the most involved in the trafficking and consumption of marijuana, while Nigerians and people from the DRC are more dedicated to cocaine, while Chinese and Vietnamese are leading in the methamphetamine-type narcotics in Luanda, according to the specialist.
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