Two women held for Sh135m drugs

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Head of Anti-drugs Unit (ADU) Godfrey Nzowa, said the 122 capsules removed from Ms Makuhani were a record amount to be carried by a woman in the stomach.PHOTO|FILE
By Bernard James, The Citizen Reporter

Posted Saturday, December 14 2013 at 08:51

IN SUMMARY

  • Ms Mariamu Hamad Makuhani, 29, had reportedly released 122 capsules worth Sh90 million by noon yesterday, while another suspect Hadija Shomari had released 65 pellets worth Sh45 million.




Dar es Salaam. Two women were arrested yesterday at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) carrying 187 heroine-filled capsules worth Sh135 million in their stomachs.

Ms Mariamu Hamad Makuhani, 29, had reportedly released 122 capsules worth Sh90 million by noon yesterday, while another suspect Hadija Shomari had released 65 pellets worth Sh45 million.

Head of Anti-drugs Unit (ADU) Godfrey Nzowa, said the 122 capsules removed from Ms Makuhani were a record amount to be carried by a woman in the stomach.

The biggest amount of heroin to be carried in the stomach was recorded in 2005 when a man released some 124 capsules.

Officers from the special anti-drugs task-force suspected the two women who were about to board a Qatar Airways flight to Hong Kong.

The task-force comprises the police and officials from immigration, customs, the Tanzania Airport Authority (TAA), the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Services (TISS).

Upon interrogation, the suspects claimed they were businesswomen heading to China to buy clothes.

This is the second such an incident at JNIA in less than two weeks. On December 4, the task-force officials detained a Sierra Leonean who carried some 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine in his stomach worth Sh80 million. Abdu Koroma, 33, was arrested on his arrival from Brazil aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight after security officers became suspicious of the way he carried himself.

The suspect, whom police say lives in London, discharged 95 pellets under police supervision.
 

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