BPS takes on illegal drug traders

SHARE   |   Monday, 09 October 2017   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube

Botswana Police Service (BPS) this week launched a series of raids in Gaborone and surrounding areas as they upped their fight against illegal drugs traders. The raids resulted with seven people arrested in connection with illegal drug use in and around the city. BPS spokesperson Assistant commissioner Dipheko Motube said the fight against drug abuse is now on as they want to ensure that there is peace and tranquility. Motube said the Police are worried by the illegal use and abuse of drugs in the country. According to Motube, the increasing cases of drug abuse continues to threaten what they are charged to protect. “It is for this reason that it is very important that we fight drug abuse. We all know that its effects are very horrible to both the economy of the county and the health of Batswana,” said Motube. This week the Police conducted raids and with the help of sniffer dogs managed to seize some drugs suspected to be cocaine, dagga and mandrax. Seven people were arrested during the raids, two of them being women. The raids were conducted in Gaborone West phase 1 and 2, Block 8 and Kopong. They arrested people involved in selling the drugs. 

He said the police recovered the drugs in some residential places, car washes and barber shops. No major drug dealer was arrested. In the past dagga and cocaine has been the two popular drugs used. In 2016 according to police statistics 617 cases of dagga were recorded and a total of 871 Batswana and 444 foreigners were arrested. From the beginning of this year until September 467 cases of dagga were recorded. However, since 2014 statistics shows that Methcathinone (CAT) has become increasingly popular. Only one case of CAT was recorded in 2014 while in 2016 40 cases were recorded. From January – September 2017 41 cases involving CAT have already been recorded. In this period for these cases 37 Batswana 7 foreigners were arrested. Motube warned the public that the fight against drug abuse will continue as the Police work on maintaining law and order which they are charged with.