Portuguese, Italian arrested at Entebbe over drug trafficking

Portuguese, Italian arrested at Entebbe over drug trafficking
Uganda Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima

Security at Entebbe International Airport has arrested two foreign nationals for alleged trafficking of heroine; an illegal narcotic drug.

The suspects; 37-year-old Laudato Nassimo, an Italian and 64-year-old Antonio Manuel, a Portuguese national, were arrested separately as they attempted to travel with the heroine in their luggage.

Nassimo who was in transit to Brussels, Belgium aboard SN Brussels Airlines was found with 3kgs of heroin while Manuel who was heading to Amsterdam, the Netherlands aboard Egypt Air was found with more than 6kgs of the narcotic drug.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says that the drug was found hidden in the false bottom of the suspect’s luggage which can hardly be seen by the scans. Manuel’s luggage also had an anti-dog repellent, a device used to dispel aggressive dogs. It also stops dogs from sniffing the heroin.

The two suspects have since recorded statements and are being detained at the Aviation Police where they will be charged under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act.

The arrest of the two suspects brings to three, the number of people arrested for alleged drug trafficking and distribution over the last one week.

On Monday, Idrissa Traore, a Malian national and resident of Bunga in Kampala, was arrested at Bamako building in Namasuba where he had been carrying out his cocaine distribution business. His cover was blown by another suspect Musa Fofana, a Burundian national who was arrested earlier at Bujumbura airport with 7kgs of heroin.

During a search at the Traore’s building, police recovered 36 pellets of heroin and two travel bags with heroin concealed on both sides.