Drug markets across provinces in Egypt are facing a state of depression that lead to a sharp increase in hash and marijuana prices. This decrease in supply is possibly caused by the increased production of counterfeit hash by mixing with mass, such as henna or even animal poo. Only in the last three months, Moroccan hash, which arrives from the Libyan border, went from LE120 per 'irsh to LE470 per 'irsh. An 'irsh is a unit of measurement for hash, about size of one's index finger.
Egypt beats all African countries in production and consumption of hash, according to the global commissions on narcotic drugs. An official study valued the black market last year at LE8.22 billion annually, or 5.2% of the country's entire GDP! (Taaaaa--x?)
According to the official reports by the General Directorate for Drug Contro, in 2009 alone there were 45,158 arrests; 42,642 court cases, and 11 tonnes of hash, 62 tonnes of bango, and 230 acres of cannabis plants have been confiscated.