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Man arrested with 5700 narcotic pills in possession

Friday 17/November/2017 - 09:39 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
Cairo prosecution has ordered a 35-year-old man to be remanded in custody for four days after being arrested with 5700 narcotic bills for trafficking.

Investigation revealed that the suspect was taking his house to hide and trafficking Tramadol bills.

A report has been issued regarding the incident، and prosecution has been notified for further investigation.

The pharmaceutical painkiller Tramadol is the number one drug abused by addicts in Egypt، according to officials.

Tramadol was ranked first among illicit drugs abused in Egypt in 2015، taken by 40.7 percent of drug users.

After a surge in abuse among Egyptians، possessing the powerful opiate without a prescription was made a felony in 2014، carrying with it a possible sentence of several years in prison.

The drug's initial affordability contributed to its widespread use، but with a rise in black market prices and crackdowns on the illegal sale of the drug، the price of Tramadol on the black market has skyrocketed.

The Drug Control Fund's hotline was launched in early 2015 to offer free of charge and confidential treatment to patients.

According to the Egyptian law، that drug trafficking and activities such as manufacture or possession in connection with trafficking is punishable by death. If convicted، the defendant will be facing capital punishment.

Any person who is sentenced to capital punishment shall be hanged.

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