May 14, 2019

Ethiopia seizes 3,300 kilograms of cannabis in major drug bust

(Xinhua) — Ethiopian authorities have seized 3,300 kilograms of cannabis in a biggest major drug bust in years, the state affiliated media outlet Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) reported on Monday.

FBC reported the 3,300 kilograms of cannabis was being transported in the trunk of freight vehicle and was seized on Monday morning by a combined task force of federal police and customs officer in the outskirts of the capital city, Addis Ababa.

FBC further reported the driver of the freight has been put in custody, pending completion of investigation into the origin of the cannabis. In recent years, Ethiopia has toughened its anti-illegal drug laws and cracked down on individuals trading in illegal drugs.

In April 2019, Ethiopian authorities disclosed they have seized more than 48 kilograms of cocaine while being smuggled into a third destination country during an eight months period.

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