KAMPALA. Police have seized narcotic drugs worth Shs3.2bn (US$853,328) and arrested seven suspects in just three days at Entebbe International Airport.
The seven suspects are being held on offences of illegal possession and trafficking of narcotic drugs.
The Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesman, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, said the seven suspects who include two clearing agents, were trafficking heroin concealing it in art crafts when they were intercepted by security agencies at the airport.
“Preliminary tests have been done and confirmed that the seized items are narcotic drugs. The suspects are to be taken to court as soon as the state attorneys have sanctioned charges,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.
The suspects face charges of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs contrary to section 4(1) and 2(a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (control) Act 2016.
According to police, on May 9, 2019, Das Cargo Export informed them of a suspicious luggage that contained plastic shoes, craft open shoes, craft ladies handbags and beads, and on checking it, they found narcotic drugs.
“We traced the owner of the luggage leading to the arrest of three people including the clearing agent. Six kilogrammes of suspected heroin were recovered from that luggage,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.
On May 11, 2019, again Das Cargo Export helped the police to intercept a consignment destined to Liberia in money purses, back pack bags and ladies handbags, and narcotic drugs were also found there. A clearing agent was arrested, but the owner, a Nigerian national, is still on the run.
Mr Owoyesigyire said on May 13, 2019, another consignment was intercepted and six kilogrammes of heroin were recovered. On the same day, he said they intercepted 4.5kgs of narcotic drugs concealed in a suit case.
Heroin is produced in Asian countries and trafficked to Uganda, which is considered as a transit country for narcotic drugs to Europe and United States.