Tuesday, 10 August 2010


John Nyawali
The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a 34- year old Namibian businesswoman for trafficking in pure grade cocaine weighing over  1kg.
DEC Public Relations Manager John Nyawali says Olivia Shilunga was arrested at the Lusaka International Airport on her arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil aboard South African Airways Flight Number 062.
In a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Nyawali, said that Ms. Shilunga, a resident of Ellem Street Soweto in Katutula, Windhoek had swallowed 75 pellets of cocaine weighing 1.1 kilograms and inserted another pellet weighing over 100 grams into her private parts.
He said Ms. Shilunga was detained and admitted to the University Teaching Hospital upon arrival where she expelled cocaine from her bowels after undergoing medical treatment to induce the expulsion.
Ms. Shilunga had failed to naturally release them due to some medical complications she developed.
Mr. Nyawali said that Ms. Shula becomes the ninth woman arrested at the Lusaka International Airport in the last eight months for trafficking in cocaine and the fourth to use a rare method of concealing drugs in private parts.
Meanwhile, DEC has also arrested a 24-year old Zimbabwean female student for trafficking in loose cannabis concealed in three ordinary tobacco cigarette sticks.
Mr. Nyawali said that Karen Chitsiko, a Projects Planning and Development student at Zimbabwe Development College, was arrested at Lusaka International Airport on her arrival from Harare, Zimbabwe aboard a Zambezi airline flight.
On the other hand, DEC has arrested 35 people countrywide in the last four days for being in possession of different quantities of cannabis with a total weight of 200 kilograms.  
Mr. Nyawali said the Commission was happy with the support it was receiving from members of the public in the fight against drug trafficking.
He said the commission would ensure that the country was not used as both a transit and consumer and consumer destination for illicit drugs.

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