Drugs Burden Egypt with 628 million pounds Annually
An Egyptian security report has revealed that 1988 witnessed the highest Egyptian expenditure on drugs in the decade. It has also disclosed that the Egyptians spent 628 million pounds last year on smoking Hashish, 30 millions less of what they spent in 1988.
The newspaper of the opposition party Al Wafd said that drug addiction has re-emerged among the young generation. The most recent incident was the arrest of 55 sons of businessmen on board a ship near the Nile Cornish. The report said the ship was turned into a hideout for Satanism and drug use and group sex.
“The State Security Intelligence Department has received many reports regarding a number of businessmen’s sons who patronize a tourist ship on the Nile to perform strange and abnormal rituals, take drugs and practice group sex acts,” the newspaper cited sources at the Egyptian Ministry of Interior as saying.
The security forces stormed the ship two days ago, arrested the accused, and referred them to the Prosecutor General who started investigations, the newspaper added.
The security report indicated that bango smoking in Egypt ranked number one costing the country 395 million pounds annually, followed by Cocaine at 106 millions, and Heroin ranking number three. Meanwhile, sniffers spent 92.5 million pounds on powder. Expenditure on Hashish consumption has declined to 78 million pounds from 90 last year.
The daily added that narcotic tablets ranked last at a cost of five million pounds and indicated that 37,000 drug cases were caught last year.
The report pointed out that the price of one kilogram of opium has increased to 30,000 pounds, Heroin to 150,000 and cocaine to half a million pounds. The price of one kilogram of bango has risen to 1400 pounds due to the security campaigns storming the traffickers’ nests.
The Libyan traffickers, the report says, rank number one as their number reached 25, followed by 15 Israelis and 14 Sudanese. The number of addicts who requested treatment has reached 34 -- Albawaba.com