By Abdirisak Itaqile
Hargeisa, (Somaliland Monitor) — 905 liters of liquor and three large bundles of Cannabis, to be sold illegally, were seized in Hargeisa city, four persons were arrested in this connection, police said on Monday.
According to the police Commissioner Brigadier Abdilahi Fadal Iman, security forces also arrested several persons including recidivists and youngsters accused of gang formation activities in a massive security operation in Hargeisa.
The police Commissioner said while speaking to the press on Monday that legal action would also be taken against suspects found smuggling and selling illegal liquor and Marijuana.
“For the last ten days the police have conducted major a multi-facet operations targeting illegal liquor sellers and youngsters accused of gang formation activities,” Brigadier Fadal told reporters.
“Within this week the security forces seized a large amount of drugs such as liquor and Marijuana. Thank God the police seized three large bundles of Marijuana with three suspects and one vehicle,” Brigadier Fadal added.
The police commissioner also revealed that the police forces in Hargeisa seized 905 liters of liquor smuggled from two different directions.
“The police in Hargeisa city also seized 905 liters of liquor smuggled from two different directions, one suspect in connection with this and a vehicle,” Brigadier Fadal stated.
Islam prohibits the consumption of alcohol and Somaliland has strict laws against alcohol sales and consumption. Many expatriates and locals rely heavily on a large black market for alcohol. It is often smuggled into Somaliland from different points along the Ethiopian border.
The police Commissioner went on to say; “police forces in Hargeisa have launched a massive security operation in the streets and villages of all Hargeisa districts and succeeded to detain dozens of suspects including recidivists who practice making offences repeatedly, where others were youngsters who are organizing themselves as gangsters and fight and kill each other in the streets of Hargeisa.
Brigadier General Fadal also said that the latest police operation is a part of the efforts by the Police to bring stability to the capital where threat of gangs and the recidivists have been increasing in the city for the last two years
While detailing the government’s efforts to tackle and combat illegal immigration Brigadier Fadal revealed the arrest and the deportation of nearly two hundred of Ethiopian illegal immigrants within this week only.
“Within this week only we have arrested and deported 180 Ethiopian illegal immigrants,” Brigadier Fadal said.
In November last year 300 illegal Ethiopian immigrants were arrested and deported in a similar police operation intended to combat human trafficking and illegal immigration.
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