Police deny Ruweished under lockdown

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AMMAN  — The Public Security Directorate (PSD) denied that security forces have locked down or disrupted daily life in the eastern border town of Ruweished, as part of an ongoing crackdown on drug dealers, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

PSD said in a statement on Tuesday that its anti-drug campaign in the east is making significant headway, and that drug dealers are spreading misinformation to relieve pressure on them.

The statement said that allegations that security forces are besieging the Ruweished area, or preventing the local community from going about their daily lives is “unfounded and completely false”.

The statement insisted that all public utilities, shops, gas stations, and bakeries are open for business as usual, contrary to what some are circulating.

Additionally, house searches were conducted in accordance with the law, and were limited to the residences of drug trafficking and promotion suspects, who do not hesitate to conceal contraband in their own homes, or the residences of family members, according to the statement.

The PSD affirmed that it is in constant communication with local dignitaries and community members, and that it held and will continue to hold various meetings with them to explain the goals of the security campaign, as well as to hear their concerns, address their needs, and provide assistance.

Ruweished, according to the statement, is an open region to which anyone, whether from the local community or outside, has unrestricted access at any time.

The statement noted that the security force deployed in the region had been the target of shootings by drug dealers, demonstrating the danger these people pose to society and the point at which they are willing to kill and use force against law enforcement officials.

The PSD asserted that attempts to mislead public opinion will not deter the security forces operating in northern Badia from going after drug dealers, nor will they succeed in undermining trust between security personnel and local citizens who support anti-drug efforts across the Kingdom.

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