Pubdate: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 Source: East African Standard, The (Kenya) Copyright: 2004 The East African Standard Contact: http://www.eastandard.net/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1743 Author: Dominic Wabala YES, OUR REGION IS A MAJOR CONDUIT, SAY CRIME BUSTERS Nairobi -- A meeting of Criminal Investigations directors from the three East African countries conceded that the region was increasingly being used as a conduit for drugs. And they pointed fingers at Ethiopia as the entry point. They lamented that large quantities of heroin were being shipped into and out of the region by sea and air. The directors resolved that while continuing to intensify co-operation with Customs and Immigration departments and deploying trained personnel at all entry points, they also needed to increase pressure on respective governments to buy more X-ray machines. Detectives say drug traffickers are now using Ethiopia's Bole International Airport due to increased vigilance at East African airports. The East African governments resolved to work more closely with Ethiopian airlines and anti-narcotics officers at Bole airport. During the meeting held in Zanzibar, the directors were asked to urge their governments to domesticate signed and ratified protocols on drug trafficking. The Sudanese Government, through the Interpol Sub-Regional Bureau in Nairobi, was asked to honour a pledge to supply sniffer dogs and conduct the handlers course for interested member states. It was reported that dogs supplied earlier by South Africa were either old or dead. The meeting, also attended by the heads of anti-narcotics units, agreed to implement the resolutions before the next East African Police Chiefs Committee meeting.