Cocaine smuggler nabbed at KIA

A 22-year-old woman of Malawian national was on Friday intercepted by Police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) as she allegedly attempted to smuggle a drug called cocaine through the Arrivals check-points.

KIA Police Spokesperson, Sapulain Chitonde, identified the woman as Linda Chinula and he alleged that she was smuggling 2kg of the narcotic drug into the country from Lome, Togo.

He said according to her travelling records in her passport, the suspect left the country on 20th November, 2016 through KIA to Lome in Togo on Ethiopian Airline and that on Friday, 25th November, she was returning from Lome through the same route and Airline to KIA, in Lilongwe.

“We followed a tip off from well-wishers about the suspect’s movements and we traced her upon arrival at the airport’s Arrivals Hall, where upon a thoroughly search the dangerous drug weighing two Kilogrammes was found concealed in one of her hand language,” explained Chitonde.

He said the matter was still under investigations but added that the suspect “admitted to have been in the cocaine smuggling business for ages”.

Chinula hails from Lambalamba Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chindi, in Mzimba district and she is a known business lady in Mchesi location in Lilongwe, according to Chitonde.

The suspect is in police custody pending a court appearance when all investigations are over.

Illegal Importation of dangerous drugs is an offence under Section 11(a) as read with Regulation 19 of Dangerous Drug Act and it is punishable by law, according to the police spokesperson.

Police at KIA have since cautioned the general public that the law enforcers would keep watchful and that any attempt to use the aviation facility for illegal importation or exportation of anything would end them on the wrong side of the law.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.