Female Drug Dealer Remanded In Custody After Swallowing 60 Balls Of Cocaine Worth $7,8M
A female drug dealer who was busted with contraband of cocaine valued at $7,8 million has been further remanded in police custody.
Shila Khumalo who is alleged to have swallowed 60 plastic balls containing the drug in an attempt to evade detection at the airport was further remanded in police custody to May 14 to allow her to excrete some of the balls left in her intestines.
She appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi facing unlawful possession of dangerous drugs charges, the state media reports.
The State led by Lancelot Mutsokoti applied for further detention to allow her to excrete the two remaining balls.
It is the State’s case that on May 9 information was received to the effect that Khumalo was coming to Zimbabwe from Brazil with contraband of cocaine aboard an Ethiopian Airways and was expected to arrive at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.
The court heard that on May 10, acting on the information, a team of detectives, officials from the Central Intelligence Organisation, and personnel from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority intercepted Khumalo at the airport.
It is alleged that a search was conducted on her luggage and on her person, leading to the recovery of 53 small white balls with whitish powder from her undergarment.
It is alleged that Khumalo is a foreign national whose identification particulars are yet to be ascertained with the international police.
Khumalo is believed to be highly linked with a serious drug syndicate and most of the syndicate members are also believed to be still at large.
Khumalo’s arrest comes just a month after another Brazilian drug dealer was busted trying to smuggle 4.3kg of cocaine into the country with an estimated street value of more than $36million at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.
Guilherme Sodre Da Salvia was arrested upon landing at the airport aboard an Ethiopian Airways with the cocaine stashed in a jacket
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