Police at Entebbe Airport have arrested two Bolivian nationals with cocaine pellets worth over two billion Ugandan shillings destined to a yet to be identified locaton.
According to Luke Owoyesigire, the KMP police spokesperson, the two Bolivian nationals identified as Choque Condori Emilio, 24 and Martinez Villarpando Pedro, 22 arrived at the airport on September 29, 2019 aboard Ethiopian Airlines from Brazil and they had via Addis Ababa.
On Arrival the Uganda Police Anti-narcotics drug staff to be in possession of narcotic drugs they had smuggled in using the Internal cocaine smuggling system of swallowing the pellets.
The Police Spokesperson noted that the duo was taken to the aviation police station and put on observation where each one of them passed out 100 pellets making it 200 for both suspects of substances suspected to be narcotic drugs adding that all together the 200 pellets had a gross weight of 2914.82 grams.
“Preliminary tests indicate cocaine but have been submitted to the Government Analytical Laboratory for further analysis.”
We have also learnt that by 2016, according to the International Narcotics Control Board, a kilogram of Cocaine cost around US $20,000 whereas Heroin costs US$10,000 for one kilogram.
Therefore 2914.82 grams would cost shs2.1 billion if that market value is to go by the 2016 report.
The two Bolivians have been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs contrary to section 4(1) and 2(a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 2016 and trafficking of narcotics contrary to section 5 of the same act and they are yet to be presented in court.
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act stipulates that a person, who traffics in a narcotic drug of psychotropic substance, commits an offence and is liable in respect of the narcotic drugs or psychotropic substance to a fine not less than five hundred currency points or three times the market value of the narcotic drug or psychotropic substance, whichever is greater, and in addition, to imprisonment for life.
Early this year Police arrested a group of seven People at Entebbe who had tried smuggling narcotic drugs worth Shs3.2bn (US$853,328).