Businessman Arrested Hiding Drugs in Pants at Entebbe Airport
By Stuart Yiga
Entebbe Civil Aviation Police are holding a businessman identified as Sluckis Rimas, 45, of Lithuanian origin after he was found in possession of Heroin drugs weighing one and a half kilograms, which he had concealed under his pants upon searching him at Entebbe airport.
While addressing journalists at the Civil Aviation Police at Entebbe last week, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson-Emirian Kayima revealed that they arrested Sluckis on the 11th December, 2016 at around 2:30pm, at the Hold baggage screening point at departure passenger terminal at Entebbe International Airport.
“Our Aviation Security and Anti-narcotic staff noticed that Sluckis Rimas, 45, a Lithuanian, had an abnormal hips and upon getting suspicious of him, he was subjected for a hand search and in the process, it was discovered that actually he had no hips but was concealing in his black-grey-white under pant illegal heroine, weighing 1.1kg, worth shs.290, 488,000,” Kayima explained.
“We have opened up charges of unlawful possession of narcotic drugs contrary to section 4(1) and 2(a) of the Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic substances (control) Act of 2016. By the time our officers arrested him he was intending to travel to Brussels aboard Emirates flight no. EK730,” added Kayima.
As police interrogated him, he explained that he had come for holidays and was staying at MALCOM hotel where he met with his Ukrainian friend one Bolis whom he claim to have handed him the drugs that were seized from him.
He further disclosed that he works as a security guard in Shree Kuanaski city in Lithuania and was holding passport number 242842887.
Lithuania borders with Latvia in the north, Belarus in the east, Poland in the South, Russia in the South-West and Baltic Sea in the West.
Meanwhile, Aviation Police at Entebbe airport also arrested a Ugandan girl identified as Joanita Nakitende, 24, who is a restaurant attendant at Catherine restaurant at Salaama road and a resident of Munyonyo-Kigaga Zone in Makindye Division.
Kayima said Nkitende was found in possession of four accumulator batteries which she tried to ship in using ENHAS Courier Company to Guangzhou-China aboard Ethiopian flight.
She was netted during the screening by security which realized her luggage contained white and khaki cello-tape wrapped packages each containing dry cannabis (marijuana) weighing 12011gms (12.0kgs).
During the interrogation, she told police that the items belonged to her boyfriend only identified as Ompa; a Nigerian who she said has been in the same business with assistance from DHL, FEDEX and EMS Posta Uganda Courier companies for a long time.
”She told us her boyfriend gave her the batteries to ship them back to Ghangzhou on the basis that they were faulty so, he wanted to return them to the owner using William Sebunnya, as the clearing agent, we are working around the clock to ensure that all other accomplices are apprehended,” vowed Kayima.
Since October, this year, Aviation Police have arrested many victims of drug trafficking and also seized many of their illicit drugs ranging from Heroine and Cannabis. Consequently, most of the suspects have been charged and arraigned before Entebbe Chief Magistrate.
Victims have since been imprisoned or fined in Court. Some of them include; Halima Nanfuka, 34, who was found in possession of 3.7kg of suspected cocaine, coming from Togo via Addis Ababa.
She was convicted in Entebbe magistrate’s Court and fined shs.1m or to serve one year in prison while her purported husband Francis Obinna Okafor,31 and his friend Martin Chima Ezenna,36, who received her at the airport, were convicted on charges of illegal stay and were later fined shs.700,000/- and shs.1m respectively.
Others are; Pascal Bolle Echesirim, 48, a Belgian of Nigerian origin who was netted with suspected pellets of cocaine weighing 0.6kg which he had swallowed. He was allegedly traveling from Entebbe heading to Birmingham via Addis Ababa and Brunel.
He was fined with only shs.1m while Golie Grace Onyia,55, a South African, Abegail Funiwe Nkcosolwana,32, a Nigerian, Agnes Egonna Aniugo, and her daughter Gloria Vera Aniugo,35, also from Nigeria, were also charged before Entebbe Chief Magistrate Mary Kayinza accordingly.