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By ZWELAKHE MOAHLOLI - SWAZI TIMES -27-Jul-2009

MBABANE – Police made a drug bust at the Matsapha International Airport when they caught a man who had swallowed 42 cocaine sachets.

On Friday morning, police at the airport pounced on the unsuspecting passenger who it is said was from Brazil. A source close to the matter said that the police suspected the man, and asked to conduct a search on him. Police Public Relations Officer Superintedent Vusi Masuku confirmed that a 30-year-old Tanzanian male was arrested and charged with Pharmacy Act.

He explained that the police requested the man to accompany them to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital where he was put under the X-ray. “The X-ray showed that there were foreign objects in his stomach. And each time he answered the call of nature – slubs would be excreted. He has so far excreted about 42 sachets,” Masuku said.

He said the police were still to weigh and evaluate the drugs. Masuku said the suspect would appear at the Manzini Magistrate’s Court today. This is not the first case as about two years ago another foreigner was busted after he tried to smuggle cocaine at the airport as a mule. He was later convicted.


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