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The West Bank's drug problem

Drug trafficking, dealing and consumption have quickly spread in the West Bank, where security is loose.
Palestinian policemen look at confiscated marijuana plants found in the West Bank city of Nablus March 28, 2007. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini (WEST BANK) - RTR1O18X

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Mohammed Mohammed, who prefers to go by the pseudonym, is not ashamed to talk about his experiences of drug abuse. He was working as a construction worker in Israel when someone first gave him some hash to try. 

Mohammed, 31, makes around 5,000 shekels a month (about $2,000) from his construction work and spends it all on drugs. Although Palestinian police have arrested him five times — he spent less than a month in jail each time — he has not stopped consuming drugs.

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