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

Breaking: President Kiir invites T.B. Joshua again as economic collapses

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir meets Prophet T.B Joshua inside an aeroplane |Photo: File

October 12, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit has re-invited the General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet T.B Joshua to the East-Central African country.

Mayardit said Joshua’s November 12, 2019 prophecy on the country’s unity had come to pass and RSS was now at peace under the terms of a revitalised peace agreement that came into effect on February 22, this year.
During his first visit to the world’s newest sovereign state last year, Joshua was personally received by Mayardit and he led the president and government officials in a prayer for peace.

“Time has come for us to put our differences behind us,” Joshua told the thousands of South Sudanese, who gathered to hear his message.
“This is the voice of God. Our leaders should overcome their division and agree to work together for the good of the country,” he insisted in the address, which was televised live on South Sudan’s official broadcasting channel SSBC.

In the invitation letter, the President noted that global organisation’s tried but failed to negotiate peace in Sudan, but God intervened.

He explained that the invitation would enable Joshua “to harvest what you planted”, adding that the entire nation of South Sudan is ready to receive the Nigerian once again.

Mayardit said: “With due respect and honour, I am privileged to write to your highly prophetic esteemed office in reference to the above mentioned subject.

“First, I would like to thank you, humble servant of the most high God and the higher grace and anointing upon your life.

“And for your love and humility by coming on your prophetic and historic visit on 12th November 2019, when the nation was in a desperate situation, whereby the country was experiencing civil war violence for many years.

“The world organisation tried to negotiate peace but where human wisdom failed, God has the final answer.
“As you have prophesied that, it shall be a new beginning for the nation and we the leaders should overcome our divisions and our differences and come back to develop our youngest nation in the world.

“Hence we, the government and the opposition have come together to implement the revitalised Peace Agreement and now the nation is at peace followed by the formation of Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGONU), which signifies a new beginning indeed.”

Originally published by The Nation, Nigeria