DRUG Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA) plans to roll out anti-drug operation to deepen the battle against drug trafficking in the country.
DCEA Commissioner Mr Aretas Lyimo made the revelation here, saying the operation to be conducted countrywide will lead to destruction of drug trafficking chain, ban inflow of narcotic drugs from overseas, reduce supply and get rid of drugs users.
“We are set to launch an operation countrywide to crackdown drug traffickers, drug users as well as cut out supply the illicit drugs in the country,” he said.
Mr Lyimo said the operation will be conducted village to village in each region and taken to centres and streets, where drug use is ripe.
“The operation will go in line with cracking down those involved in the illegal drug trade and drug users,” he said.
Mr Lyimo called upon drug users, traffickers and those supplying the illicit drugs to stop the business or else face strict crackdown measures set to effectively curb narcotic drugs related cases in the country.
The operation will also unearth and destroy marijuana plantations in all the regions, monitor the country’s borders in collaboration with international security agencies to control illicit trade.
Speaking during the launch of Uhuru Torch Race 2023 at National Level in Mtwara over the weekend, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa commended the DCEA for the efforts intensified in the fight against drug trafficking and drug abuse in the country.
“I really commended DCEA over success the country has achieved in the fighting narcotic drugs in the country,” he said.
Mr Majaliwa said the authority in collaboration with government security organs at districts and regional levels have successfully controlled the drug trafficking, as well as cracking down drug users.
He urged the ‘wananchi’ to closely work with the state organs in the fight against drug trafficking, supply as well as cracking down drug users.
According to Mr Majaliwa some 20.6 tonnes of marijuana, 20 bags of narcotic and 255 kg of heroin were seized in the country by 2022.