Ugandan Sentenced to Jail for Drug Trafficking

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Lt. Mark Mutono, the West Nile UPDF spokesperson says that Leti was first detained at Ocha police station but he was transferred to Aru police station where he spent a week.

Congolese authorities are holding a Ugandan accused of drug trafficking. Jim Leti, a resident of Ngandi village in Logiri Sub-County in Arua district was found in possession of 5 Kilograms of opium at Azanga Trading center inside DRC. Lt. Mark Mutono, the West Nile UPDF spokesperson says that Leti was first detained at Ocha police station but he was transferred to Aru police station where he spent a week.

 
He says the suspect was arraigned in court and sent to jail for unspecified number of years. Mutono says that investigations by Ugandan security show that, Leti was given a deal by some Congolese to take samples of the banned substance for their approval before he could supply large quantities. He says that upon arrival in DRC with the samples leti was picked up by Congolese security and prosecuted.


Mutono says despite the fact that drug trafficking is a capital offense, there is need for officials from both countries to find ways of handling the matter amicably. He says that when they tried to contact their Congolese counterpart over the arrested Uganda, they were informed that the commander responsible for his arrest was out of station, but later found out that he had already been jailed.


Mutono says it has become difficult to contain cases of drug trafficking between residents in West Nile region and DR. Congo due to the porous nature of the border points. Ibrahim Abiriga, Arua Resident district commissioner says that they will find ways to liaise with their Congolese counterparts to ensure that Leti is deported to serve his sentence in Uganda.
 
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Leti’s detention came to light after his family members raised concern to local authorities over his disappearance.

 

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Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

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