A 47-year-old woman of Tanzanian ethnicity was detained in Ndola after being discovered in possession of 75 cocaine pellets that weighed 1.5 kg and that she had ingested.
Upon traveling from Brazil to Tanzania, Tukae Sefu Kilufya was stopped at the Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola, and the cocaine was removed from her system.
The woman has subsequently been charged with drug trafficking, according to a statement from Hussein Khan, Public Relations Officer for the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC).
“Tukae Sefu Kilufya a female, aged 47 has been formally charged and arrested for Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs contrary to section 15 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act No. 35 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia.
Kilufya was intercepted by DEC officers at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Airport in Ndola as she was en route to Tanzania from Brazil. She was profiled at the Airport and later expelled 75 pellets of cocaine (weighing 1.5 kilogrammes) she had swallowed,” he said.
Mr Khan added that the suspect is detained in lawful custody and will appear in court soon.