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Police arrest ‘soruma’ traffickers

Mozambican police arrested two men with 50 kilos of cannabis, commonly known as soruma, hidden in clothing bags, in Nampula province.

According to spokesman of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) in Nampula, Zacarias Nacute, in statements to the press, the men were found at a checkpoint, in a vehicle carrying passengers.

The drug was hidden in bundles of used clothing, which is sold at affordable prices in various parts of the country.

One of the detainees, quoted by the local press, said he was aware that he was committing a crime, however he did it to support his family, while the other denies his involvement.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), authorities in Kenya and Tanzania, countries north of Mozambique, have increased surveillance in recent years, pushing traffickers south towards the Mozambican coast. , “in search of new routes and new markets”.

Mozambique is identified by several international organizations as a transit corridor for international drug trafficking destined for Europe and the United States of America, especially heroin from Asia, but seizures of cocaine from South America have also increased.

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