Security officials in Cameroon’s West regional capital, Bafoussam, have confiscated and destroyed a huge consignment of contraband drugs.
The incident which happened last Friday June 11, 2020 was spearheaded by the West Regional Committee for the Fight against illicit drugs and the drugs destroyed at the courtyard of the Governors office.
According to Commander Dieunedort Mamoudou, the large quantities of illicit drugs were intercepted at a control post in Matazem-Santa, main entrance into the Northwest Region.
The items burnt, were over seventy-seven cartoons of contraband drugs, twenty three bags of Indian hem and ninety-nine cartoons of expired milk.
The Inspector General at the West Governor’s office said, the contraband drugs were made cheaper to their clients which poses severe danger to the population.
Health experts say the consumption of these illicit drugs have adverse effects on the consumers which may range from addiction, miscarriage for pregnant women, mental imbalance among several others.
Cameroon custom and security officials have reinforced efforts to crackdown on drug traffickers in recent times. Last February, elements of the Cameroon Custom in Douala, considered to be one of the drug trafficking hubs, arrested suspected drug traffickers and impounded large tons of contraband drugs that were smuggled into Cameroon from Nigeria.
During that crackdown, two trucks well loaded with the drugs were seized. Jean Claude Ekoube, senior official of Cameroon Custom told reporters that investigations have revealed that gangs had been trafficking drugs along the Cameroon-Nigeria border in Southwestern part of the country.