THT- Hargeisa – The Somaliland police on Tuesday sprayed Blue color and their Antelope symbol on the first patch of vehicle confiscated from Khat smugglers.
The seizure of vehicle and arrest of Khat suspects began the day after the National Preparedness Committee for COVID19 decided to ban khat, and hile ordering contraveners to be prosecuted and their vehicles confiscated.
Although no official announcement has been made yet, reliable sources inform the Horn Tribute that an estimated 150 vehicles have been seized so far in police operations across the country, and total of 300 suspects have been arrested, arraigned in court some of them, while others are on process.
The Regional Courts have so far sentenced different suspects, and handed over to police some vehicles seized from the Khat smugglers.
The illegal khat has been seized by police forces across a number of cities in the eastern and western regions of the country.
On the other hand, all vehicles belonging to government agencies seized on illegal Khat, have been transferred over to the Police through a decree of Rep of Somaliland President H.E. Muse Bihi Abdi.
From all operations, that have seen Police arrest smugglers and confiscate their vehicles have been seen by the community at large as an important step in maintaining law and order, and it is important that everyone who commits a crime be prosecuted.