By Fred Kiva
Two more foreign nationals have been arrested in Uganda over drug trafficking, bringing the number of suspects to three in just two weeks.
The suspects are Italian national, Laudato Nassim aged 37 and a Portuguese Manuel Antonio aged 64. Police spokesman Emilian Kayima says Laudato was arrested with 3kilograms of Heroine while boarding Air Brussels at Entebbe Airport on March 4th.
According to Kayima, the suspect was arrested when airport security checked his suitcase.
“He had created false bottom. These drug traffickers tamper with their bags and they create something they call a false bottom, many times these can go through the scanners without detection if the officers are not keen enough to study many factors,” Kayima explained.
Meanwhile, Antonio was arrested at the same airport while boarding Egypt Air to Amsterdam on March 9th.
“Our initial findings indicate that the suspect also had heroin in his suitcase, we are yet to ascertain how much amount he had,” the police spokesperson said.
On February 26, a Malian national identified as Idrissa Traore, was found with cocaine weighing 7Kgs worth 1.7billion shillings. He was surrounded by police inside Bamako House in Namasuba .This was after the Director of Criminal Investigations in Burundi tipped off the Uganda Police that they had arrested a one Musa Fofona at Bujumbura Airport trying to smuggle cocaine. Musa later revealed that the drugs belonged to Traore, prompting his arrest.
According to Kayima these incidents are a clear show that Uganda is being treated as a place where drug traffickers can thrive with their illicit business.
He reveals that some of traffickers place drugs called anti dog on their bags, so that police dogs cannot sniff the narcotic drugs, while female traffickers place some of the narcotics in their private parts. “You can now imagine what an officer would do, do you just easily search a woman’s private parts!” Kayima wondered.
The suspects are now being detained at Entebbe Police Station, while Police is taking the drug samples for laboratory analysis. Kayima says the suspects will be charged in line with the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances Law.
The arrests come barely a month after toxicology reports indicated that some of the foreign nationals that recently died in Uganda were killed by drug intoxication.