Drug Trafficking in Kosovo – part 2

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On November 22th, Justice in Kosovo broadcast the second part of a story Kosovo drug trafficking. 

The second program is mainly about domestic drug users and the amount of drugs consumed in Kosovo and also the destruction of drugs.

Based on the analysis of the Kosovo Police, there are around 3,000 heroin users in Kosovo. 75 percent of people that use heroin did not start using it in Kosovo; they started consuming heroin while they were living abroad, police said. The number of cocaine, marijuana, and other drug users is increasing and is becoming problematic.

It is estimated that a heroin addict uses 1 gram of heroin per day and 365 grams per year total. When the amount of 365 kilograms is multiplied with the number of consumers (3,000) it is estimated that approximately 1,000 kg of heroin is consumed in Kosovo per year. 1,000 kilograms of heroin is equal to 16 million euros.

Prishtina is the city where the most drugs are consumed. The proof of drug consumption in Prishtina is the amount of remaining drugs left in the abandoned houses in Prishtina.

Justice in Kosovo together with the Kosovo Police recorded many abandoned houses. Almost all of them were full of needles and syringes.

During the program, the police stopped random cars in order to see if they were carrying drugs. The cars stopped by the police, mainly driven by young men, possessed marijuana.
As soon as the drivers saw the police, they tried to hide their drugs.

Finally, according to the Kosovo Police, drugs are also consumed and hidden in the school yards. Police say that consuming drugs near schools is very dangerous because kids sometimes play with the needles and the syringes left by drug users.