Le nombre de personnes arrêtées pour trafic de drogues a atteint un niveau sans précédent au Népal, suggérant que le pays pourrait être en train de devenir un centre de transit régional. Pour en savoir plus, en anglais, veuillez lire les informations ci-dessous.

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by Avinash Tharoor

The number of people being arrested for drug trafficking has reached an unprecedented level in Nepal, suggesting the country may be becoming a regional drug transit hub.

According to Nepal's Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), over 16,700 people were charged with drug smuggling or trafficking offences between 2011 and 2016, the Himalayan Times reports. In 2016 alone, a total of 3,696 people were arrested for such offences - marking a 39 per cent rise when compared with the previous year.

Cannabis is, by far, the most common drug being smuggled from or through Nepal, however significant quantities of heroin, opium, and cocaine have also been seized by the NCB.

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