Malawi Police nab South African woman smuggling Cocaine

Malawi Police at the country’s main airport, Kamuzu International (KIA), in the capital Lilongwe have arrested a South African woman who was trying to smuggle cocaine from Brazil.

KIA Police Spokesperson Peter Botha said the 33-year-old lady was apprehended by the Drug Section team on Tuesday night, January 24th, after disembarking a Kenya Airways flight from Sao Paulo en route to South Africa.

Police became suspicious with the woman identified as Patience Monkei-Khame after her passport indicated that she was travelling to South Africa from Brazil.

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“She had two luggages and upon searching one of them, which looked like a parcel we discovered some substance which we believe is cocaine,” said the airport police publicist.

Behind bars

Botha said the illegal substance is weighing 4kg and upon interrogation the woman admitted to carrying the illegal assets claiming she was hired by a wealthy South African businessman who promised to pay her 30 000 South African Rands (about K750 000) upon successful delivery of the stuff.

“The woman is currently being held in our custody and has been charged with an offence of importing illegal drugs,” said Botha.

According to the police public relations officer, the woman is the seventh South African national to be caught for drug trafficking at Kamuzu International Airport since January 2011.

The woman cheater is likely to spend a few more days languishing in police cell as it is not known when she will appear before the court following the strike by members of the judiciary which is in its third week now.

The judiciary members of staff are fighting for new conditions of service which were approved by Parliament in 2006 but government has been giving a blind eye to it until the disgruntled workers said enough was enough.

They have vowed never to return to work unless the issue is resolved through implementation of the conditions of service.

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