A suspected foreign drug dealer was caught in possession of cocaine worth over ZWL$7 million, with 60 plastic sachets of the drug in her intestines.
The suspect, Sheila Khumalo had allegedly excreted 58 sachets of the drug while in police custody after being arrested on arrival at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Monday.
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She was remanded in custody to 14 May and investigators are hoping that by then she would have excreted the two remaining sachets which are still in her intestines.
Investigating officer Aaron Muzondo told a Harare court that there is a need to monitor the suspect until she excretes the remaining two sachets.
The court was told that on 9 May, security officials received information to the effect that Khumalo was coming to Zimbabwe from Brazil with cocaine aboard an Ethiopian Airways flight and was expected to arrive at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe international airport.
On 10 May, a team of detectives from CID Drugs and Narcotics Harare, operatives from the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and personnel from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) manned the arrival section at the airport and intercepted the accused person.
A search was conducted on Khumalo’s luggage and on her person, leading to the recovery of 53 small white sachets with whitish powder stashed in a pair of black socks and also in her undergarments.
The seized cocaine has an approximate mass of 975 grams with a total value of ZWL$7 800 000.
Khumalo becomes the fourth foreigner to be arrested for the same crime in a space of about one month.