The East African country recently declared war on drug trafficking, announcing that politicians, businessmen, musicians and religious leaders who are usually behind the illicit trade would be dealt with.
According to the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Tanzania is a significant transit country for illicit drugs, particularly, heroin originating in Afghanistan and cocaine from South America, with a growing domestic user population.
There is inadequate security at Tanzanian seaports and traffickers exploit this and the country’s 854-mile coastline along the Indian Ocean.
Tanzanian drug trafficking organizations and courier networks also operate globally with cells throughout Africa, North America, and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
In February 2014, a major drug kingpin, Ali Khatib Haji Hassan was arrested prior to his departure from Dar es Salaam for Johannesburg, South Africa.