Juba police foil organized drug syndicate, confiscate 26Kg of heroin

A group of drug dealers paraded at Juba International Airport on February 17, 2021 /Photo: Thessherald
By Buay Kapduel 

Following a months-long investigation into an organized drug syndicate, the country’s national police on Thursday arrested drug traffickers, [2 Nigerians, 2 Kenyans, and a South Sudanese woman] and impounded 26 kilograms of heroin at Juba International Airport.

The drugs were wrapped and hidden in electronic appliances so as not to raise any suspicion.

According to the South Sudan Penal Code of 2008, drug trafficking or smuggling of illegal substances are considered as transnational crimes and can lead to long-term imprisonment.

“Any person who conceals, disguises, or enjoys the proceeds of the unlawful dealing in dangerous drugs, upon Conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period of not exceeding ten years or with a fine or both.”

The five defendants are in police custody, pending being arraigned in court in the next few days, according to the South Sudan National Police Services.

This is not the first time the South Sudanese police have arrested criminals and foreign drug dealers in the capital, Juba.

What’s Heroin?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants.”

Its Long-Term Effects when used excessively

People who use heroin over the long term may develop the following conditions:

• Insomnia
• Collapsed veins for people who inject the drug
• Damaged tissue inside the nose for people who sniff or snort it
• Infection of the heart lining and valves
• Abscesses (swollen tissue filled with pus)
• Constipation and stomach cramping
• Liver and kidney disease
• Lung complications, including pneumonia
• Mental disorders such as depression and antisocial personality disorder
• Sexual dysfunction for men
• Irregular menstrual cycles for women

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