Owoyesigire said the suspect has been under close monitoring since Monday and that, by Friday, she had ingested 114 pellets of suspected cocaine weighing 1,660grams.
PIC: Fernando Rodriguez at Entebbe Airport. Photos by Julius Luwemba
The Police at Entebbe International Airport, on Monday arrested Fernando Rodriguez a 24-year old Venezuelan national, while trying to smuggle narcotics inside her belly.
During a media brief on Friday at the Aviation police in Entebbe, Luke Owoyesigire the Kampala metropolitan spokesperson said, police had got intelligence information regarding a lady who was traveling aboard Ethiopian Airways flight number ET 507, traveling from Sao-Paulo in Brazil, through Addis-Ababa in Ethiopia and then to Uganda.
"After that tip-off, the Police conducted a thorough search on the suspect, but we could not find anything in her bags related to drugs until we decided to conduct a bio-scan and that's when we discovered, she had swallowed the drugs," intimated Mr. Owoyesigire.
Owoyesigire said the suspect has been under close monitoring since Monday and that, by Friday, she had ingested 114 pellets of suspected cocaine weighing 1,660grams. According to Owoyesigire, the pallets are to be taken to the Government Analytical Laboratory(GAL) to confirm the narcotic substance before arraigning the suspect to courts of law.
Luke Owoyesigire (left)
"During the interrogation, the suspect contends that she was only carrying the drug to Kenya, after which she was to be paid $2,000 (sh3.8m) for transportation," said Owoyesigire, adding that she will be charged with unlawful possession of narcotics and smuggling drugs, the crimes which carry a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
The suspect is currently being held at the Aviation police in Entebbe.