A Malawian woman is currently on remand in a prison in Ghana after she was caught importing heroin into that country on Monday 21st December, 2015.
According to online publications in Ghana, a Malawian, Grace Sauti Phiri, was arrested at Kotoka International Airport by Operaitves of the Narcotics Control Board for allegedly importing heroin into Ghana.
Phiri, an Agricultural Gender Roles and Responsibility Officer (AGRESSO), appeared before an Accra Circuit Court and has since been remanded at the Nsawam Prison until 8th January, 2016.
According to the prosecution, Grace claimed ownership of the bag as well as the substance, insisting that she was contracted by one Samuel Onyeba Imo, a Nigerian, for $1,300 (about K850,000.00).
She told the court that she was to deliver the said bag to one Val, another Nigerian residing in Ghana.
Phiri, who has been charged with importation of narcotic drug without licence from the Ministry of Health and possessing narcotic drug without lawful authority, did not take a plea in a court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh.
Earlier on, Paul Abagriga, lawyer for Grace Sauti Phiri, urged the court to grant bail to his client.
He said the court ought not to remand his client if the prosecution was sending the substance to the Food and Drugs Authority (DFA) for testing. He stated that the substance could test negative.
On December 21st, at about 11:30 am Phiri was accosted on suspicion when she disembarked from Ethiopian Airlines Flight Number ET921 from Malawi.
During interrogation, it was revealed that she was having a check-in luggage with log number ET331006 which was recovered.
A search in the bag revealed quantities of white powdery substance which were field-tested and proved to be heroin.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :