KAMPALA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan police on Tuesday destroyed 105 kg of narcotic drugs worth more than 821,917 U.S. dollars.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi set fire on the drug exhibits at an event held here, witnessed by government officials.
The drugs included cocaine, amphetamines and heroin. They were already used as evidence against drug traffickers facing trial.
"I promised that the destruction of narcotic drugs is going to be a routine event to avoid storing drug exhibits for a long period in our stores and to avoid associated risks that come along with storage," Muzeyi said, noting that the destruction shows that police are committed to fighting illicit drugs.
He said the drugs were seized from traffickers within a period of five months at Entebbe International Airport, about 40 km south of the capital, Kampala.
"I am happy with the work of Uganda police and other security agencies at Entebbe International Airport who are ensuring that drug abuse, and trafficking are reduced in our country," said Muzeyi.
A similar exercise was carried out on March 14, where 168 kg of exhibits of narcotics were destroyed, according to the police.
Experts see Uganda as a transit point for drug traffickers from South America and Southeast Asia. Enditem