- Published on Monday, 23 July 2012 09:19
- Written by Nkwasibwe Geofrey
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Drug traffickers are now turning to corpses to smuggle drugs through and into the country. Information shows that so far four bodies destined for Uganda through Entebbe International Airport have been found stuffed with illicit drugs, some weighing up to 500 kilograms.
The police surveillance briefs and the Uganda Revenue Authority’s enforcement report, note that drug dealers have not only designated Entebbe airport as one of their transit route but they have since adopted a new technique to smuggle cocaine and other illicit drugs.
How it’s done
Information indicates that Ugandans are involved in the new smuggling techniques. The corpse can either be of a Ugandan or those in transit through Entebbe international Airport. Though those found stuffed with illicit drugs so far are those of Ugandans, Authority suspect that corpses destined for South and West Africa, originating from Asian and Middle East countries are stuffed.
Mr Baba said: “… but what is evident is that corpse are stuffed with drugs then smuggled through the country. It is difficult to stop corpses from either passing through the country or coming back home because it is inhuman to do so.”
To be cut open
Last week Uganda Revenue Authority said it will start subjecting dead bodies to a thorough check because cases of stuffing corpses with smuggled goods or illicit drugs are on the increase. According to the tax body, up to four cases have been cited so far in recent months— where corpses, especially from Asian countries end up at Entebbe International Airport stuffed with kilogrammes of cocaine after being flown from four countries.
“We had a scenario of a Ugandan who died in one of the Asian countries, and instead of being brought to Uganda straight, it had to go to South America then South Africa and finally Entebbe,” URA Commissioner for Enforcement James Kisaale said last week.
He continued: “It was not that they were looking for the relative of the person but that is one way to disguise, and that body was weighing 500kg—and that is already an indication that all is not right.”
However, the police deputy spokesperson, Ms Judith Nabakooba, told Daily Monitor yesterday that they are yet to register such a case.
Enforcement officers say the traffickers have managed to escape due to laxity at the at the cargo section.
Airport prefect, Civil Aviation Authority, acknowledged this, but said it is due to limited finances to beef up security in the customs department, a buck it passed to Police and URA customs department.
Source: Daily Monitor