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    In the Sudan, delegates, mainly from Arab countries, have been attending a conference on alcoholism and the abuse of drugs.

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    In the Sudan, delegates, mainly from Arab countries, have been attending a conference on alcoholism and the abuse of drugs. It began in the capital, Khartoum, on Saturday (3 December), and was the third conference of its kind to be held. The Middle East, particularly Lebanon, is one of the areas most affected by the increase in drug trafficking, but is a world problem. For example, in Bolivia recently, narcotics agents seized more than 100 kilos of cocaine in a drive against drugs smugglers.

    SYNOPSIS: The conference in Khartoum was organised by the Sudan National Narcotic Board in collaboration with Arab Organisation for Social Defence and the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions. During the opening session, one of the keynote speeches came from Dr. Suliman of the Narcotic Board, and then delegates went on to hear about Arab and international co-operation in combatting drug problems in the world.

    Other topics discussed by the conference included the drug problem in the Sudan, social, cultural and scientific aspects of drug abuse and the new approach to treating addicts.

    In Bolivia, drug trafficking is a serious problem and courts in La Paz have been kept busy hearing cases against alleged smugglers. Recently courts have heard 38 different cases against dealers trying to smuggled cocaine, in a variety of containers.

    Once confiscated the cocaine is carefully weighed.

    Samples are then taken, and sealed in jars to be used later as evidence, when the case comes to court.

    Because of the seriousness with which Bolivia regards drug trafficking, special care is taken with the sealing of samples. In this case, a member of the judiciary watches closely.

    Ten grammes are taken for use as evidence, and the rest... this is a massive haul of cocaine seized by narcotics agents ... is burnt. In their all-out drive against the cocaine smugglers, the Bolivian authorities have been helped by American narcotics agents, and many American drug smugglers are now languishing in Bolivian jails, after coming to the country in the hope of making far profits.

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