SYRIA’S MINISTER AL-SHAAR: DRUG TRAFFICKING POSES SERIOUS THREAT TO GLOBAL SECURITY
Syria’s Interior Ministry organised a central national symposium, on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is marked on Jun 26, every year.
Delivering a speech during the event, Interior Minister, Mohammed al-Shaar said, drug trafficking poses a serious challenge to criminal justice apparatus around the world, being an organised crime committed by dangerous criminal networks and gangs, which exploit millions of victims to get billions of dollars beyond borders.
He added that, today’s event stresses Syria’s commitment to join efforts exerted by the international community, in order to eliminate this phenomenon and reduce its negative economic, social and health effects, on individuals and society as a whole.
Syria is clean of drug planting, manufacturing and marketing, and is still at the forefront of drug-free countries that do not have an alarming problem with drugs. But its geographical location made it a transit country for drugs, he noted.
Al-Shaar said, the phenomenon of drug trafficking has escalated, partly by the terrorist war waged on Syria, as the majority of armed terrorist groups resorted to drug smuggling and pushing them among the young people to finance their terrorist acts.
According to statistics, the narcotics seized in 2017 amounted to 612 kg, 923 kg of hashish (cannabis), 11 kg of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine, 1.07 kg of powdered cannabis, 44 grams of marijuana and 843,504 Captagon pills, more than one million psychiatric drugs and 90 grams of raw materials to manufacture narcotics.
A photo exhibition was inaugurated showcasing different photos, to raise awareness about the negative impact of drugs on health, material and social aspects of life.–
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/syrias-minister-al-shaar-drug-trafficking-poses-serious-threat-to-global-security/General