Uganda is a landlocked East African nation bordered by Kenya, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania. An impoverished country, more than half of its population lives below the poverty line. In the last decade there has been a serious increase of drug trafficking through Uganda, particularly heroin trafficked from India, Thailand, and Pakistan.

Drug trafficking transpires through Uganda with almost no impediment. The drug laws are lax, few of them targeting trafficking specifically. Sentences are short, and both the Anti-Narcotics Squad and the Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce have established histories of corruption; in a country so poor, a drug cartel can afford plenty of bribes to go around.

Drug abuse in Uganda is a significant problem, closely linked with violent crime, especially among ...

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