Seven suspected smugglers are in the custody of
Aviation Police following their arrest at Entebbe International Airport with drugs worth 969 million Shillings.
Deputy Kampala Metropolitan
Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, identifies five of the suspects as
Salim Zam Nansamba, Andrew Luwemba Kwagalakwe, Elly Musinguzi, Theapius Agnuwa
and Matcha Lobato Manbacar.
According to Owoyesigyire,
Nansamba and Kwagalakwe were arrested on May 9 while Musinguzi, Agnuwa and
Lobato were arrested on May 11.
“On May 9, Information was received from Cargo Export that
there was a consignment of plastic craft shoes, ladies handbags and beads
suspected to be containing narcotics. This led to the arrest of Nansamba, the
shipper and Luwemba the clearing agent. Upon checking, 6 kilograms of suspected
narcotics were recovered,” Owoyesigyire said.
In total, police says, they confiscated 16.5 kilograms of heroin from
the suspects. According to Tinka
Zarugaba, the Commissioner in Charge of Narcotics, a kilogram of heroin on the black
market costs between USD 15,000 and USD 20,000.
Thus the confiscated drugs are
valued at between 969 million Shillings and 1.2Billion Shillings.
“We shall take the drugs to the Government
Analytical Laboratory for examination and the suspects will soon be arraigned
in court over unlawful possession of narcotic drugs contrary to provisions of the narcotics drug and psychotropic substances Act,” Owoyesigyire
Musinguzi and Agnuwa were arrested after police
received information that certain cargo destined for Liberia containing ladies
money purses, back pack bags and handbags contained drugs concealed inside
Police swung in action and picked up Musinguzi, the clearing agent and the shipper, Agnuwa, a Nigerian
national. This contraband also weighed 6 kilograms. Lobato, a Burundian national holding Belgian
travel documents was apprehended with 4.5 kilograms.
On March 14, the Deputy Inspector General of
Police, Maj Gen Muzeyi Sabiiti presided over the destruction of 600 kilograms
of narcotic drugs recovered from suspects between 2015 and 2017 valued at Shillings
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.