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Police Confiscates Drugs Worth UGX 969m, Arrest 7 Smugglers

According to Owoyesigyire, Nansamba and Kwagalakwe were arrested on May 9 while Musinguzi, Agnuwa and Lobato were arrested on May 11.

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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 said.

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 7billion.