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Drugs: fighting a rising tide

More and more drugs are being seized, but more are probably getting through as well

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Good afternoon. This may turn out to be a record year for drugs seizures in Mozambique, judging by events last month. On Thursday, authorities say they seized 120 boxes containing cocaine disguised as sweets that had been flown in from Brazil. The cargo had a gross weight of 1.4 tonnes; even allowing for the packaging, this may be the largest single seizure of drugs yet in Mozambique.

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The intensification of enforcement action probably reflects both external pressure, from the United States government (specifically the Drug Enforcement Agency) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, to crack down on the flow of drugs that passes through the country, as well as concern within the government about the risk of increasing domestic drug consumption.

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