MOZAMBICAN POLICE ARREST ANGOLAN MAN FOUND WITH 16 KG OF COCAINE AT MAPUTO AIRPORT

MAPUTO– The Mozambican police have arrested an Angolan citizen at Maputo International Airport after the person, whose name was not disclose, was found to be in possession of 16 kilogrammes of cocaine.

The drug was hidden inside boxes containing vehicle ignition coils, carried in suitcases belonging to the 36-year-old Angolan, who had travelled from Brazil, via Portugal. The large amount of cocaine had passed undetected through airports in both Brazil and Lisbon.

Police spokesperson Leonel Muchina said: He was detained when he was attempting to disembark, during the inspection process.”

The Angolan claimed he was carrying the ignition coils at the request of a friend and had no idea that the boxes contained drugs.

This is the third significant narcotics seizure at Maputo airport inside a month. On Aug 13, a man was detained when he was attempting to smuggle five kg of cocaine to Ivory Coast, via Addis Ababa.

Five days later, the police arrested three Portuguese citizens who were trying to embark on a flight to Lisbon with 16.5 kg of cocaine in their luggage.

The police remain alert to this type of crime, to prevent Mozambique from being used as a drug trafficking corridor,” said Muchina.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK