From transit country to drug consumer Drug addicts major threat to security

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 24: Kuwait in the past was transit for drug trafficking, but the country in recent times has turned to be a major consumer, reports Al-Rai daily quoting Acting Director General of Drug Control General Department Brigadier Saleh Al-Ghannam as saying. Brigadier Al-Ghannam disclosed the phenomenon is dangerous in view of drastic attacks registered with drug barons and high rate of addicts. He is of the view that the location of Kuwait at the corner of Arabian Gulf far north of the Gulf and its proximity to unstable countries such as Syria, Iraq and Iran, as well as drug producing countries- Iran and Pakistan, is contributing to the recent attacks. He declared the country is a target, so people are living in danger. He also said anti-narcotics officers seized 12 kg of heroin, 400 kg of hashish, and 63 grams of avion, 83 grams of cocaine, in addition to 1.5 million narcotics pills in 2011. He indicated the number increased from Jan to Sept 2012 in the sense that officers seized 18 kg of heroin, 600 kg of hashish, 1.5 kg of avion and 600,000 narcotic pills.

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