The Scaffolding of Illegal Drugs Controlling and Prevention: A Case of the Drug Controlling Unit of the Federal Police Crime Prevention, at Bole International Airport

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Addis Ababa University


This research aims at investigating the scaflolding o/illegal drugs prevention and controllin)!, of the Federal Police Counter Narcotics Controlling Division, at Bole International Airport. The study used both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Data pertinent to the .I'tl.l(O' '''ere gathered through close-ended questionnaire, open-ended questionnaire, and key infimnW1I interviews. Samples o/the study were picked by using census method and purposive sampling While quantitatively generated data were analyzed by using percentile, the rest collectedji'oll1 open-ended questionnaire and key informants interviews have been Ihematically interpreted. The findings o/the study indicate Ihal illegal drugs trafficking are steadily increasing and the airport IS highly manipulated by experienced traffickers. Cocaine, cannabis, heroin, and methamphetamine drugs were caught while they were being trafficked. The study also idel1lified the need to strengthen the unit with skilled police officers, ethically esteemed police officers, and advanced police technologies. The s/udy could iden/i/y /he salience of/arming coopera/ion lI'itli in/ernal and ex/ernal s/akeholders having grea/ role /0 ,HOp the epidemic oj'tlm)!,s. Finall)', unskilled and inadequa/e officers, absence 0/ advanced /echnologies, minimull1 sen/ence jiJr imprisonmen/ o/traffickers and less allention by the Federal Police Commission are di.I'cOI'aee! as challenges to improve the efficiency of the unit of Counler Narcotics Controllin)!, Division.



Scaffolding of Illegal Drugs