Swaziland police officers have been accused of stealing illegal drugs from residents and selling them.
People in Mahlangatsha accuse armed police of forcefully taking away the marijuana (known locally as dagga) that they had illegally farmed.
The Swazi Observer newspaper reported on Thursday (8 June 2017), ‘The farmers who said they were aware that they were breaking the law had no problem with the long arm of the law bringing them to order however they were unhappy with the police illegally taking their illegal drug for their own benefit.’
Police are expected to burn illegal drugs they seize, instead residents say they sell them.
One farmer was reported by the newspaper saying, ‘They make deals outside the country then come to our homes, armed with government guns, bought with our tax and harass us.’
Swazi Police said they would investigate.
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