Pakistanis among suspects held in huge Tanzania heroin haul

Published: February 5, 2014
The haul would have a street value of up to €10 million euros in Europe. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

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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  • ria
    Feb 5, 2014 - 9:46PM

    meanwhile … microsoft new CEO an indian….Recommend

  • Hari Om
    Feb 5, 2014 - 9:49PM

    I am waiting for the Foreign Office of Pakistan to say to Tanzania, as they did to India in the case of the Pakistani driver arrested for smuggling drugs into Jammu and Kashmir, to forget the drug smuggling. So when will one hear Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam repeat to Tanzania the advise given to India :

    “Our view is that the sailors … may be innocent. Even if there were drugs on the dhow they may not be aware of it. We would be interested that if at all it happened it should not be repeated and for that we also need to conduct investigations on our side and if the possibility is that some people other than the sailors were involved, who is in a better position to investigate that?”Recommend

  • water bottle
    Feb 5, 2014 - 9:57PM


    You need more Kahshmir Solidarity holidays to improve Pakistan and Pakistanis.Recommend

  • naeemhussain
    Feb 5, 2014 - 10:23PM

    To all Indians commented above that you countrymen are also involved in smuggling but they are not caught yet. microsoft will never ever hire any Pakistani their CEO because we are Muslim.


  • Neo
    Feb 5, 2014 - 10:45PM

    You are just hiding your incapability behind religion, btw why you use those companies products if they are bad with you ???


  • Azi
    Feb 5, 2014 - 11:31PM

    Atleast we are good in having a lot of tools instead of Scientists.Recommend

  • Caresless Whispers
    Feb 5, 2014 - 11:54PM

    Look at all these indians mentioning new CEO being indian, we heard the same about Boby Jindal when he was appointed Attorney Gen.. and look what he did with indian diplomat… so spare us with lectures…Recommend

  • rkfrom ny
    Feb 6, 2014 - 12:15AM

    @Caresless Whispers:
    you mean bobby jindal..?? who told you he is attorney general..?? he is governor of a US state…Recommend

  • Azi
    Feb 6, 2014 - 12:28AM


    It doesn’t have anything to do with ethnicity or religion, nor does it have any thing to o with India as these fanboys here are raging. He worked hard for the position, no religion or ethnicity has more brain cells or grant of extra will power to be someone great. He did it because he worked hard, end of story. There are many rape cases that can reflect negatively upon these nut case Indian fanboys but then again such crimes dont have anything to do with race.

  • Muskin
    Feb 6, 2014 - 1:32AM

    @Caresless Whispers: You say: “we heard the same about Boby Jindal when he was appointed Attorney Gen.. and look what he did with indian diplomat”.
    Can you give us a loud whisper as to what he did to the Indian diplomat?


  • SK5
    Feb 6, 2014 - 11:09AM


    He’s American not Indian :)


  • Feb 6, 2014 - 12:20PM

    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.


  • sharabi
    Feb 7, 2014 - 11:28AM

    why you bring religion everywhere?


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