E. Africa tries to stem heroin tide

Region is a key smuggling route for Afghan heroin.

East Africa seeks help to stem surge in heroin smuggling: U.N

By Drazen Jorgic

NAIROBI (Reuters) РEast African states worried by a surge in heroin smuggling via their Indian Ocean ports want to boost intelligence sharing and possibly try suspected traffickers in local courts, an official at the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (ODC) said on Monday.

East Africa has become a key export route for Afghan heroin destined for Europe but regional maritime forces, short of funds and anti-trafficking expertise, have struggled to stem the flow of narcotics through their territorial waters.

Saeeda Verrall, a U.N. ODC official based in Mauritius, said regional states have asked the U.N. to help them improve maritime intelligence sharing and to create a legal framework to try suspected traffickers arrested in international waters.

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Source: af.reuters.com

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