The police have revealed that concerted efforts to stem the booming drug industry in Botswana is finally bearing fruit as they have in the last few months arrested a number of renowned drug dealers. In yet another breakthrough, the police last week arrested a middle aged man who is said to be in their list of most wanted drug peddlers in the country.
Information passed to The Telegraph indicates that a sales person in a local private company was arrested by the Drugs and Narcotics Squad with about 80 tablets of ecstasy and close to 100 sachets of cocaine at his house in Broadhurst in Gaborone.
Detective Assistant Superintendent Kenosi Tsaanang of the Drugs and Narcotics Squad said on Monday that their efforts are finally paying dividends.
He said last week that they successfully arrested one of the Broadhurst suppliers with what is suspected to be ecstasy and cocaine. The suspect is expected to appear before the magistrate court while the alleged substances have been taken to the police laboratory for testing.
Detective Tsaanang expressed worry at the alarming rate at which drug dealing is growing in Botswana.
“We know a lot of the people who deal in drugs in Botswana and it makes it easier on us to catch them red handed” he said. He also appealed to members of the public to assist them with any information that can lead to the arrest of drug dealers.
The police have in the past revealed that Tanzanians and Nigerians are now the leading drug suppliers in Botswana, while Ledumang and Gaborone secondary schools lead in drug consumption.
Already, two ordinary level students seating for their final examinations at Ledumang secondary school are also implicated in drug supply. Their case is before the Gaborone Village magistrate court.