Analysing Drug Trafficking in East Africa: A Media-monitoring Approach

U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team disposes of illegal narcotics off the coast of Somalia.

U.S. Maritime Safety and Security Team disposes of illegal narcotics off the coast of Somalia. (Photo: Navy Media Content Services)

Heroin, cocaine, and cannabis are involved in the majority of drug-trafficking cases reported on in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. As they are also often intercepted at ports of entry, heroin and cocaine present regional threats to national security. Nevertheless the media focuses mostly on cannabis crimes. Considering heroin and cocaine trafficking are financing armed groups and violent extremists, and are negatively affecting political financing, public health, and local communities’ resilience, the media needs political and technical support to learn and report more on the threats of heroin and cocaine.

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Security Topics:  Counter Narcotics