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Ugandan arrested with heroin at Entebbe airport

The alleged heroin trafficker Mr Huzaifa Ssemwogerere. (PHOTO/POLICE)

ENTEBBE – Police at Entebbe International Airport has arrested a 30-year-old Ugandan Mr Huzaifa Ssemwogerere over allegedly possessing and trafficking narcotic drugs worth millions of shillings.

Mr. Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala metropolitan spokesperson while addressing journalists at the Aviation Police (AVPOL) in Entebbe said Ssemwogerere, a resident of Gangu Busabala road in Wakiso district was intercepted on 23rd June at the departures hold baggage on his way to New Delhi India.

“He was arrested after the scanners detected he could be having some illegal substances in his bag, it is upon that that the search has been carried out on his bag and we found a false bottom where we managed to get the drugs,” he said.

Mr Luke Owoyesigyire (standing right) oversees detectives checking the suspect Mr Huzaifa Ssemwogerere’s (seated 2nd R) suitcase. (PHOTO/POLICE)

“After weighing we were able to establish that they are three kilograms, tentative tests have been done but we are yet to send the samples to the Government Analytical Laboratories (GAL) to confirm and give us a report which will be used to ensure the suspect is prosecuted,” he said.

Owoyesigyire said the suspect will be charged with unlawful possession of narcotic drugs contrary to section 4(1) and 2(a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (control) Act 2016.

The spokesperson said this is the ninth drug suspect arrested by the aviation police at the airport this year with investigations into six of the suspects completed awaiting trial before the court.

“The most common way used to conceal the drugs by traffickers is the false bottom, they have a substance that they always apply on their bags to repel the sniffer dogs but whoever is arrested engaging in this crime will be dealt with in accordance to the country’s laws,” he said.

The three kilograms of heroin that were found in the false bottom of the suspect. (PHOTO/POLICE)

A fortnight ago Dutch national Mr Jhinkole Rai alias Ruben was arrested at Entebbe airport with heroin worth Shs7.5 billion that was concealed in chocolate packets.

Last month, police arrested seven suspects including two clearing agents who were trafficking heroin concealed in art crafts.

Heroin is produced in Asian countries and trafficked to Uganda, which is considered as a transit country for narcotic drugs to Europe and the United States.

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