Crime & Investigation

New Illicit Drug Trafficking Technique Unearthed

The two south African women Abigail Nkcosolwana and Onyia Golile Grace paraded by police at Entebbe Airport on Wednesday

November 10, viagra 40mg 2016 was no unusual day for officials at Entebbe International Airport as they received passengers and other visitors the normal way.

Aboard a South African Airlines flight from Johannesburg was a one Abigail Nkcosolwana, this a lady in her late 40s who presented herself for check-in
She was supposed to spend another 11 days in Uganda before departing for South Africa on November 21 .

The lady with a suitcase presented herself well for the normal and thorough checking. In her suitcase were female clothes and hair braids.

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But as customs continued with the check, order something seemed odd with her bag.

“It turned out, she had pushed drugs in between the layers of the suit case, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Emillian Kayima told reporters at the airport.

Almost a week later on November 16, another South African lady, Onyia Golile Grace in her early 30s arrived at the airport aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Botswana and was to stay here until 19, November before heading back to south Africa.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Publicist Emilian Kayima

Kampala Metropolitan Police Publicist Emilian Kayima

She passed through the normal security checking and as Nkcosolwana, she also presented a suitcase and was checked only for aviation police to find something was wrong.

They found out that their suitcases had 3786 grams of cocaine worth Shs 259 million and 856 grams of heroine worth Shs56 million, Kayima adds.


According to the International Narcotics Control Board, a kilogram of Cocaine costs US $20,000 whereas Heroin costs US$10,000 for one kilogram.

How it Works
The new drug trafficking technique according to the police mouthpiece entails a trafficker stuffing the drugs in between the layers of the suitcase.

They get a suitcase and in between the layers, they stuff the drugs. They then sew them together and glue them together in a bid to hoodwink enforcement officers.

Kayima expressed concern over the increasing number of old people engaged in the business of drug trafficking unlike in the past where he said young girls were used.

He blamed the increase in the number of traffickers to Ugandas old anti narcotics law which he said is not deterrent but in one way or the other encouraging the vice.

“The most unfortunate bit is that we still charge these people under the old law. Once one is convicted by court of drug trafficking, they are fined one million shillings only, he notes.

He said that a new law has been passed only awaiting the Internal Affairs minister to append his signature.

The missing link in the new law is the statutory instrument by the minister.
Kayima notes that according to the new law which he says is more deterrent, once arrested and convicted, a drug trafficker will be liable to pay not less than Shs250 million or an amount in millions, equivalent to the weight of the drugs.

One might also be asked to pay an amount in millions, 3 times the weight of the drugs they are arrested with, he adds.

He called for more vigilance by authorities at the airport stressing that only tips of the icebergs of these drug traffickers are arrested as many of them escape undetected.

He warned that Uganda is a conduit for drug trafficking stressing that this has to be dealt with .


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