KAMPALA – A South Sudanese national has been arrested at Malaba border for allegedly carrying a chemical used to make fake dollars.
Duach Chuol Kaylech Toang was on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, intercepted by customs officials with the chemical concealed in his hand luggage. He was enroute to South Sudan.
According to URA, the chemical was intercepted with the help of the non-intrusive hand luggage scanner.
“One by one, their [other travelers] hand luggage went through the non-intrusive hand luggage scanner at the border without a problem until it was the turn for Duach’s luggage. The scanner picked up something uncanny which prompted the team to physically inspect the luggage,” URA said in a statement.
“They found bundles of papers the size of a dollar and some liquid among other things. On face value, they were just papers but upon application of the liquid (chemical) contained in Duach’s luggage, the papers transformed into fake dollars. Immediately the suspect, Duach was arrested and he is set to face the law,” the statement added.
Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology is a powerful tool against smuggling that continues to put many smugglers away.
According to URA, facilitation of legitimate trade and protection of society from harmful products are two of customs core mandates and as such the introduction of fake dollars into our economy is intolerable.