A Malawian national who was arrested at the Kotoka International Airport for trafficking illegal drugs into the country has reviled that she was set up.
Ms Grace Sauti Phiri was arrested at KIA on Monday when operatives of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) in Ghana conducted a search on her and found the bag containing what is believed to be Heroine.
The porous nature of Ghana’s borders has made it easier for drug traffickers to smuggle in drugs without the approved licensing from the FDA, Ghana Standards Authority, Ministry of Health and other stake holders instituted by law to check the inlet and outlet of drugs.
Smuggling of narcotics to and from Ghana has over the years been a lucrative business venture for many individuals as the high street value placed on drugs such as cocaine, heroine, crack and the likes presents it as an attractive venture despite the risks involved.
Starr Fm’s Wilberforce Asare report that Ms Phiri upon her arrest was arraigned before court Wednesday for possessing narcotics drug without lawful authority and importation of narcotic drug without license from the Ministry of health.
According to reports the Malawian national upon interrogation in court said, the bag containing the heroine was not hers but was given to her to be given to a Nigerian national resident here in Ghana by another Nigerian national.
Wilberforce report that, speaking through her lawyer in court, Ms. Phiri said she was in the country on a business trip and that she was a civil servant in Malawi.
Ms Grace Sauti Phiri if found guilty could face a jail term of up to ten years as is stipulated under the CONTROL, ENFORCEMENT AND SANCTIONS LAW – 1990 (PNDCL 236).