Seven suspects are in Police custody over alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
Four of the suspects have been identified as Zam Salim Nansamba, 28, a business lady and resident of Kawempe-Kulukadde, Kawempe division in Kampala, Andrew Kwagalakwe Luwemba, 32, a clearing agent with Confanent Consult Company in Entebbe and a resident of Lugonjo in Nakiwogo Zone, Elly Musinguzi, 53, a clearing agent with Answer Agencies and a resident of Kabojja, Kyengera in Wakiso district and Matcha Lobato Manbacar a Burundian national holding a Belgian travel document.
“On May 9, 2019, information was received from Das Cargo Export that there was a consignment of plastic shoes, craft open shoes, craft lady’s handbags, beads etc suspected to be containing narcotic drugs.
This led to the arrest of Nansamba Zam Salim, the shipper and Luwemba Andrew, the clearing agent, it was forwarded to the Aviation Police Station where it was opened and out of which 30 pairs of craft open shoes were found to contain approximately 6kgs of suspected heroin as per the preliminary tests conducted,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire.
“Again on the 11th of May 2019, information was received from Das Cargo Export that there is an intercepted consignment destined to Liberia of lady’s money purses, backpack bags and ladies handbags, suspected to be containing narcotic drugs concealed inside those items. It was being cleared by a clearing agent one Musinguzi Elly and the shipper was Agnuwa Theopius, Nigerian national who is still at large,” Owoyesigire added.
“The said consignment was opened and out of the 60 lady’s clutch bags, 45 contained hard paper envelopes containing substances suspected to be narcotic drugs,” he said.
Owoyesigyire explained that the suspect who was intending to travel to Europe aboard Qatar Airways was intercepted at Entebbe International Airport while concealing narcotics in the false bottom of his coffee brown canvas suitcase. He was forwarded to the Aviation Police where a 4.5kgs of suspected narcotic drugs were recovered.
The exhibits were forwarded to the Government Analytical Laboratory in Wandegeya for analysis.