Narcotics control officials in Ghana have arrested a 30-year-old Zimbabwean woman at the country’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for illicit drug trafficking.
The suspect, Cynthia Lichonja, was arrested on Monday, December 3, 2018, when she disembarked from Ethiopian Airways flight No. ET 921, Ghana’s Narcotic Controls Board said in a statement on Wednesday.
Ms Lichonja was accosted while going through arrival formalities, the statement added.
A search in her checked-in luggage led to the discovery of seven parcels of brownish powdery substances suspected to be narcotics, concealed in false compartments of the suitcase.
The search was done in her presence, sources with knowledge of the operation told Africafeeds.com.
The substance when tested proved positive for Speedball, a narcotic substance with a weight of 7.5kg.
The suspect, according to the statement said the suitcase was given to her by one Ms Patience, her childhood friend in Zimbabwe to be sent to an unknown person in Accra, adding that Ms Patience bought her the ticket to enable her travel to Accra.
Ms Lichonja is currently on remand in prison custody, while frantic efforts are being made to track down the said Ms Patience and her accomplice to whom the suitcase was to be delivered.