Current Affairs

Nepal rapidly becoming transit country for drug trafficking, lack of capital punishment to blame?

Gagan Aryal


Kathmandu, 29 December (2019) – Over the last few years, Nepal has turned into a “transit country” for drug trafficking.

Dinesh Amatya, DIGP, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), acknowledges that drug traffickers have made Nepal a transit point.

Speaking with the reporters last Sunday DIG Amatya said, “Expensive narcotics including cocaine are not used in Nepal. It is taken to foreign countries via Nepal.”

Last Wednesday the police arrested four foreign nationals with six kilograms of narcotics. These foreigners seem to have made Nepal a transit country.

Investigation by the NCB has shown that Alina Aldosaina, 18, and Pawel Vasileu of Belarus had come to Nepal to acquire cocaine on 18 December.

Brazilian Robert Carlos, 43, and Indian Rahul Jambrana, 54, had come to Nepal on 14 December from Brazil via Ethiopia and Delhi. They met Aldosaina and Vasileu at Lost Garden Hotel in Lazimpat, Kathmandu.

DIGP Amatya said that these vendors made a plan to traffic Cocaine to Hong Kong by putting it inside the false bottom of their jackets.

A special team of the bureau arrested Aldosaina and Vasileu at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Saturday while Carlos and Jambrana were arrested at Lost Garden Hotel based on the tip by Aldosaina.

On 17 January, Narcotics Control Bureau had arrested a Bolivian national Herera Artega Olga with three kilograms of cocaine at the TIA. He was hiding cocaine inside the false bottom of his jacket and had come to Nepal on a Fly Dubai flight.

Before that on 11 November the Bureau had arrested Brazilian national Sergio Turswaga with two kilograms of cocaine at the TIA. He had come here from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha, Qatar.

Nepal, thus, has become a transit point for drug peddlers. Because of lax laws and unrestricted movement in the airport, drug traffickers have been abusing Nepal’s international airport, said Basanta Lama, SSP and Spokesperson at NCB.

“Drug traffickers have been using countries that have abolished the death penalty as transit countries. They prefer Nepal because they will not face capital punishment even if they are caught,” DIG Amatya said.

Cocaine is hugely produced in South Africa. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico also produce cocaine. There is no demand for cocaine in Nepal.

SSP Lama said that the investigation has shown European countries, the US, Japan, China and other developed countries with high demand of cocaine.

“Drug trafficking is high in Nepal but the traffickers have been unsuccessful because of the Nepal Police action,” SSP Lama said.

Shailesh Thapa Chhetri, DIG and Spokesperson of the Nepal Police, said that NCB of the Nepal Police has been working with the international community to stop drug trafficking.