Tanzanian woman jailed five years for smuggling ‘cocaine’ to Ghana

23Feb 2018
The Guardian
Tanzanian woman jailed five years for smuggling ‘cocaine’ to Ghana

A TANZANIAN woman who was arrested by officials of Ghana’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) in possession of illicit drugs has been handed a five-year jail term in the west African country.

NACOB officers apprehended Basaida Zena Jafary with 2.3 kilograms of speedball - a mixture of cocaine and heroin - with a street value of $70,000 at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.


Zena Jafary, according to NACOB, had just arrived at the airport aboard Rwanda Air flight number ET 200. A statement from NACOB said she was busted whilst going through arrival formalities at the airport.


“A search conducted in her check-in luggage revealed a concealment of two parcels in false compartments of her luggage. The contents of the parcels proved positive for narcotics substance during preliminary tests conducted in her presence,” the statement said.


The suspected narcotic substance, according to NACOB, was further forwarded to the Ghana Standards Authority for confirmation, which tested positive for narcotics weighing 2.3kg.


“Zena on interrogation admitted ownership of the parcels, and confessed that they were given to her by one Mandanje Omari in Tanzania to be delivered to someone in Accra for an undisclosed amount of money.”


Zena was subsequently arraigned and according to NACOB she “pleaded guilty to her offence, and was subsequently handed a 5 years prison sentence.”


“NACOB admonishes the public to desist from delivering parcels on behalf of others, as it has been the conduit for trafficking narcotic drugs,” the statement from NACOB’s communications and media relations unit advised.

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