Pakistanis among suspects held in huge Tanzania heroin haul

Four Pakistanis and eight Iranians were arrested with 200kg of heroin recovered.

Afp February 05, 2014
The haul would have a street value of up to €10 million euros in Europe. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Tanzanian anti-narcotics police have arrested eight Iranians and four Pakistanis during a drug bust in which 200 kilogrammes of heroin was recovered off the east African nation's coast, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

The haul, which in Europe would have a street value of up to €10 million euros, is the latest in a string of major seizures of the narcotic – which is mostly produced in Afghanistan – amid fears that east Africa could be emerging as a key narcotics transit point.

"The suspects were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday on a dhow that was sailing from the island of Zanzibar to the commercial capital Dar es Salaam," Tanzanian police spokesperson Godfrey Nzowa told AFP.

"They are being held for questioning and necessary legal action will follow," he added.

At least four large hauls of heroin – amounting to 1.5 tons in all – have been made in Tanzanian waters in the past year by a Canadian warship that patrols there, according to Canadian media.

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sharabi | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@naeemhussain why you bring religion everywhere?

BruteForce | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

India arrested the driver of the truck where Heroin was found. There were shouts of discrimination and victim-hood. Imagine!

Pakistan quickly arrested 23 poor Indian Drivers as a response and they are still in custory.

This news only proves that Afghanistan is a major Drug hub and Pakistan is the route through which it travels to the outside world.

Please Pakistan let go of the innocent souls that you have arrested for no reason.

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