Malawi woman caught smuggling heroin in her bag

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A Malawian woman was on Monday arrested in Ghana at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for smuggling heroin, according  to reports that Malawi24 has been following.

When she was arrested, the suspect had just disembarked from Ethiopian Airlines Flight Number ET921 from Malawi at 11:30 AM.

The Ghanaian Post reported that the suspect had allegedly admitted trying to smuggle the drug and claimed she had done so after being hired to work as a drug mule by Nigerian businessman Samuel Onyeba Imo for $1,300.

Grace Sauti Phiri,

Grace Sauti Phiri,: Arrested.

The accused identified as Grace Sauti Phiri, an Agricultural Gender Roles and Responsibility Officer (AGRESSO), was arrested at KIA by operatives of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB). Malawian Sauti Phiri was arrested and held in Ghana’s capital on 21st December after NACOB officials noticed a suspicious white substance in her bag.

Officials later carried out a search and discovered she had allegedly matted the Class A drug into her bag before boarding the flight from Malawi.

Appearing before an Accra circuit court for allegedly importing quantities of heroin, a narcotic drug, Phiri claimed ownership of the bag as well as the substance, insisting that she was contracted by one Onyeba Imo.

The agricultural officer further stated that she was to deliver the said bag to one Val, another Nigerian residing in Ghana.

The plea of the accused – who has been charged with importation of narcotic drug without licence from the Ministry of Health and for possessing narcotic drug without lawful authority – was taken in a court presided over by Aboagye Tandoh. The accused was remanded into the Nsawam Prison until January 8, 2016.

Meanwhile, Sauti Phiri’s Lawyer Paul Abagriga has urged the court to grant bail to his client.

He said the court ought not to remand his client if the prosecution was sending the substance to the Food and Drugs Authority (DFA) for testing saying that the substance could test negative.

However, during interrogation, it was revealed that she was having a check-in luggage with log number ET 331006 which was recovered. A search in the bag revealed quantities of white powdery substance which were field-tested and proved to be heroin.

A conviction on illegal possession of a controlled substance can result in serious criminal penalties for the accused.

Ghana has some of the toughest anti-drugs laws in Africa, with judges permitted to impose not less than 10 years penalty for traffickers and drug substances are heavily regulated by the law.

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  1. Clever Grace,big Up For U,,if Its Smugle Y Z T Manufactured? If It Has No Use Y Z T Smugle? U R Failing To Deal Wth Big Crimes Hahaha,,let Women Make Monie,

  2. Malawians always complain there is no jobs or money in Malawi but with dat passport u can be rich guys just think positive and everything will work out

  3. @cleme sibale lot of opportunities with Malawian passport over 137 countries u can visit visa free including Ireland pls do spoil our passport becoz u are not thinking straight

  4. nobodys knows the exactly details apart from what the ghanianian foreign affairs ministry might be obliged to diclose to the malawi foreign affairs ministry to malawi ambassy whose responsibility covers ghana.even in such cases detsils will be minimal..the government interest are to make sure malawians are treated humanely and theres justice ..the government has that duty under the constitution to both law abiding and non law abiding and suspects citizens. however apart from what everybody knows or think they know there one thing which common sense and intelligent cant save you such as ” where the nigerians tricked her into being employed as a consulltant for a ” legit” company..for example an oil drilling consultium wanting to open offices in malawi ..the employee gets paid $500 first month and second month is sent to seminar or training or familiasation trip in ghana then innocently lands at accra goes through customs gets welcomed by a taxi driver..bagguage gets stolen thay $20 000 drugs trafficked by an innocent person. in this illustration im saying sometimes even the smartest can be vicyims of orgsnised crimes its not only the greedy..thr human mind can became victim of manipulation. unless she knew she was trafficking drugs then shes abit naive and too risky for the money shes gonna get as a graduate.however one day your daughter could be asked to do a favour and carry somebodys laptop to share weight into the aircraft. .a random police dogs sniffing bags at the boarding gate stop at her thats your own daughter under a firing squard in a country u csnt even pronounce. unless youve watched Banged Up Abroad and u know that even pets gets surgical disected to carry drugs or unless u know that a ship like ilala can innocently tow 100 kg drugs underneath it….or unless u know that u can win a fake ruffle or holiday trip to Johannesburg only to realise that you carried half a kilo of drugs which can be worth $7000 in other country u may be smart but I think your teacher or your coudons kumudzi live in annocent world.

  5. the young lady tried her best the only problem she is caught,but had it been that she crossed over that bridge then she would be a multimillionaire

  6. the young lady tried her best the only problem she is caught,but had it been that she crossed over that bridge then she would be a multimillionaire

  7. How did she manage to through Malawi and Ethiopia unchecked I smell a rat I assume there is no direct flight between accra and Lilongwe anyway I feel pity for her being a daughter of pastor sauti phiri and having worked with her mom at road traffic in the 90’s

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  14. mostly malawians are taken advanyage of because of poverty, docileness and inadquate exposure. she deserves to be jailed with no option of fine amazolowera kuyerekedwa kumakwera ndrge ngati kuti they sre doing right things outside the country…Idoubt if she is marrired

  15. I’m worried about our women in Malawi, I really do. Please Nigerians based in our country stop abusing our ladies, I asure you it is becoming a threat now. We need to look on it before it is too late

  16. So she thought she could be smarter than anybody else. She can’t gate away with those dirty games. Tell her to go and try it in china and see what kind of sentence she can face if found guilty. They even don’t mind how beautiful you are they just take it the way it is.

  17. Do we have direct flights from KIA to West Africa and Ghana in particular these days? Which means there is a business boom between these two ponts. I am not sure if there are, now such cleverer women in Malawi advancing in drug smuggling to Ghana in particular. She must be a woman who knows Ghana very well. She must know both Ghanaian/Nigerian languages. She is really advanced. That is better than albino and human/parts transfer and trafficking.

  18. Its jst sad to see many malawians get involved into this bad habit. We ask the MPservice to conduct operations in all the streets in the cities where the Niras stay (stop n search every month). These people are the viruses. They contribute negatives always.