Zambian businesswoman convicted for drug trafficking

Matildah Nkole Kangombe,the convictAn Accra high court has convicted a Zambian businesswoman, Matilda Nkole Kangombe, to a fine of GH¢90,000 for trafficking precursor chemical, a narcotic drug, she concealed in her luggage, at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

Ms.Nkole Kangome, 47, was convicted by the court presided by Mr Cee Baiden, upon her own plea of guilty, and sentenced her to a fine of 7,500 penalty units equivalent to GH¢90,000, according to a statement by the Communication Unit of the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB), sighted by the Ghanaian Times.

It said in default, Ms. Kangombe would serve 15 years prison term for trafficking Ephedrine without permission from the appropriate office.

The statement said operatives of the NACOB arrested Ms Kangombe on April 28, this year, at the KIA, when she was going through departure formalities to board Ethiopian Airline flight No.ET 819 to Ethiopia enroute Maputo-Mozambique.

It said a search carried out on her hand luggage revealed nothing incriminating and she was escorted to the luggage section where she identified a brown ‘Samsonite’ bag as hers.

The statement said follow-up checks in her presence uncovered a whitish substance wrapped with four mini blankets and two towels, adding that a field test on the exhibits proved positive for narcotic substance.

It said further analytical test at the Ghana Standards Authority proved the substance as Ephedrine, a pharmaceutical material that is used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine an illicit drug with a weight value of 25kg.

The statement said upon interrogation, Kangombe admitted ownership of the bag, to officers of NACOB, and said it was given to her by Ahmed at an unknown hotel to be delivered to a Christian sister in Maputo, Mozambique.

It urged the public to desist from delivering parcels for and on behalf of others, because that was a strategy of drug traffickers.

 

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