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Suspect drug mule N0.3 arrested

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By MUSA NHLEKO - SWAZI TIMES-08-Aug-2009

MANZINI – The Manzini Drug Unit (MDU) have arrested yet another alleged drug mule, this time he is from Mozambique

Jose Gabriel Machava (30) was arrested on Wedne-sday afternoon at the Matsapha International Airport while coming from Nepal. Machava arrived at Matsapha at around 5.30pm.

As was the case in the other suspects, he was taken to the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital (RFM) for an X-ray and it was discovered that there were foreign objects lodged in his body. He was then taken to a holding cell and had within an hour allegedly discharged 11 sloops suspected to be heroine, not what they found from the two alleged Tanzanian mules.

Yesterday morning Machava discharged 20 sloops and a further 17 in the afternoon raising the number to 48. Further investigations by this newspaper revealed that Machava came to Swaziland from Mozambique. He stayed in the country for sometime before he boarded a plane to Manila from Matsapha. From that country he came back to Swaziland and so far it is still not clear if his contacts are in the country or in Mozambique.

Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku confirmed the arrest and said the suspect was apprehended before leaving the airport. Masuku said the suspect would make his first court appearance soon.

Machava’s arrest makes him the third person to be arrested by the MDU officers on allegation of conveying illicit drugs into the country. The suspects, Chicho Manyanya Iddi (30), Raymond David Marakala (39) both from Tanzania have appeared before Manzini Principal Magistrate David Khumalo.


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