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Two Ugandan Smugglers Intercepted With Over Rs 29 Million Worth Of Heroin

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Arrived for ten days vacations in Mauritius, two Ugandan nationals found themselves in hospital to purge a total of one hundred and sixty pellets of heroin, that is to say 1994 grams of this drug. The whole is estimated at a market value of Rs 29 910 000. Shamim Nakire, a 27 year old hairdresser and Christine Eudu Amayo, a 43 year old businesswoman, spent a first night in the police cell on Thursday evening, May 12. This Friday morning, May 13, they were brought before the court of Mahébourg. A provisional accusation of drug importation is retained against them. The Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (Adsu), suspects that these drugs were destined for a network operating in the north of the country.

The two Ugandan women arrived at Plaisance airport by Kenyan Airways QK 270 at around 6:50 pm on Friday 6 May. It was a profiling exercise carried out by elements of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Section (Cans) of the Mauritius Revenue Authority and those of Adsu at the airport that allowed the interception of these two tourists. Their luggage was scanned, but nothing abnormal was found. However, foreign bodies were detected on them when they were passed through this device.

Questioned about the presence of these foreign bodies, the two women were quick to confess to having swallowed pellets of drugs to be delivered to Mauritius. They were taken to the Jawaharlall Nehru Hospital in Rose-Belle where they were put on laxatives. Hairdresser Shamim Nakire returned seventy pellets of heroin, or 868 grams of the drug, between Saturday, May 7 and Monday, May 9.

His compatriot Christine Eudu Amayo has served ninety pellets weighing a weight of 1126 grams. That between Friday 6 and Sunday 8 May. Both women left the hospital during the day on Thursday 12 May. The businesswoman Christine Amayo was to stay in a hotel in Flic en Flac. Shamim Nakire, was to stay in a hotel in Grand-Baie.

The Adsu investigators suspect that the two women did not know each other and that they were supposed to hand over the drug shipment to the same person. This person would be a trafficker operating in the northern region of the country.

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