DEC of­fi­cer tes­ti­fies in Bo­li­vian man’s co­caine case

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By JUSTINA MU­LENGA

AN as­sis­tant se­cu­rity of­fi­cer at the Drug En­force­ment Com­mis­sion (DEC) op­er­at­ing at Ken­neth Kaunda In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KKIA) yes­ter­day told the Lusaka Mag­is­trates Court that the air­port has recorded many cases of peo­ple im­port­ing nar­cotic drugs us­ing An­golan Air­lines.

Me­lanji Jac­que­line Nyam­bose Sakala, 32, was tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore Mag­is­trate Mwandu Sakala dur­ing trial in a case in which a Bo­li­vian na­tional, Veizaga Arias Steven, is charged for traf­fick­ing and im­port­ing 2.1kg of co­caine wrapped in con­doms and con­cealed in 55 bot­tles of roll-on body de­odor­ant.

Ms Sakala told the court that when she re­ported for work on Fe­bru­ary 18 2018, she saw a sus­pi­cious look­ing man trekking to and from the toi­lets at the air­port.

She said when she saw him mov­ing aim­lessly she be­came sus­pi­cious and went to col­lect a man­i­fest list of in­com­ing peo­ple from the An­golan Air­lines.

Ms Sakala told the court that most of the cul­prits us­ing the Air­line came from Brazil.

She said she and her work­mate, Alex Ndele­menti, asked the sus­pect to have his bag searched.

Ms Sakala con­ducted the search and found five Khaki boxes con­tain­ing the bot­tles branded ‘Rex­ona’.

“The boxes were a bit wet and we be­came more sus­pi­cious and went to the DEC of­fices at the air­port to search fur­ther.

“When we ar­rived at the of­fices, my col­league Mr Ndele­menti con­ducted the search and we found 55 bot­tles con­tain­ing co­caine wrapped in con­doms and 5 bot­tles of roll- on from the 5 boxes,’ she tes­ti­fied.

She said the sus­pect ac­cepted be­ing in pos­ses­sion of the items.

It is al­leged that, Veizaga Arias Steven, on Fe­bru­ary 18 2018 did traf­fick and im­port 2.1kg of co­caine wrapped in con­doms and con­cealed in fifty five roll- on bot­tles.

The mat­ter comes up on March 23 for con­tin­ued trial

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