By Patrick Jaramogi
Ugandans seem to be at the centre of drug trafficking, something that needs serious scrutiny. Just last week we reported of a Ugandan (Michael Webula) who was nabbed with drugs at the Indian Capital, New Delhi International Airport. Webula is set to face up to 10 years in jail.
Now this week, this time a brave Ugandan woman is part of the five man gang arrested with a large haul of drugs in Kaula Lumpar in Malaysia. According to Malaysian Police, the new syndicate involves carrying of drugs in cargo as compared to the ordinary tricks of using drug mules.
The Ugandan woman aged 30 (whose identity has been concealed by the Malaysian police to prevent jeopardising the investigations) was arrested along with two Nigerian men following a raid in Taman, Usahawan Kepond in Malaysia yesterday (Tuesday).
“The drugs, which were believed to have been brought in from China, were hidden in laptop adapters and water filters,” said the Malaysian Police chief. The trio were nabbed with 13.2kg of cocaine hidden in water filters valued at over USD3.6 million.
“When we raided the suspect’s house, we found the woman (Ugandan),” he said, adding that the three suspects did not have any documents.
DCP Mohd Dzuraidi said: “We then raided premises in Taman Serdang Perdana, Seri Kembangan, and arrested a Nigerian man and a Ugandan woman aged 34 and 36,” he said, adding that all six suspects were believed to be from the same syndicate.
The police commissioner said the Drug trafficking syndicates seem to be phasing out drug mules and opting for more creative ways to smuggle their illicit products.
The Bukit Aman Narcotic Crime Investigation (NCID) Department deputy director, Mohd Dzuraidi said they also seized 1.5 tons of ganja, 233.1kg of syabu, 72.5kg of heroin, 31.4kg of ketamin, 596,153 Yaba pills, 542,463 Erimin 5 pills and 89,313 and ecstasy pills. He said based on their observations, drug smugglers favoured smuggling in their products in cargo compared to hiring drug mules.