Police has identified, arrested and detained a man they allege helped Amazing Race freelance producer, Jeff Rice and Ms Kathryne Fuller to buy illicit drugs in Kampala City.

The 23-year-old man, Moses Kalanzi, a resident on Entebbe Road whom the police said is a special hire driver, was arrested on Friday afternoon and he is detained at Central Police Station in Kampala.

According to Police Deputy Spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, the suspect is still helping Police with its investigations to establish details of the crime and find out if he had any accomplices.

“There was constant communication between the special hire driver and Rice on phone about the purchase of the drugs. So we want to know the source of the drugs and how it is trafficked into the country. He has recorded a statement and investigations are ongoing,” a police source said yesterday.

Rice was found dead in a Kampala hotel room seated in his chair with his head bent over the table while bleeding through both the mouth and nose last Saturday.

Ms Fuller, who was found lying unconscious in the same room, is still hospitalised at Surgery Clinic in Kololo, a Kampala suburb.

Relatives of Rice were yesterday allowed to take his body for burial. Police Spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said in a statement that the whitish powder in a plastic bag recovered at the scene (hotel room) contained Acetaminophen, caffeine, acetylcodein, Diacetylmorphine and papaverine “which are opiates classified as drug of abuse. Cocaine is a Class “A” or Narcotic Drug under the National Drug Policy and Authority Act, CAP 206.” A post-mortem conducted on Rice’s body indicated that the cause of death was due to “Asphyxia with no external injuries observed”.

Meanwhile, samples from Ms Fuller also indicated that she consumed the illicit drugs. Importation, supply and consumption of cocaine without authorisation is illegal but police and United Nation Office of Crime and Drugs indicate that trafficking of those illicit drugs in the country is on the increase.

Last year, police destroyed illicit drugs worth Shs14b most of it brought in the country through Entebbe International Airport.

Police said: “Asphyxia is caused by severe lack of oxygen to vital body organs and is characteristic to deaths in cases of drowning and inhalation of vomit. Inhalation of vomit is common to individuals who abuse alcohol or drugs thus leading to Asphyxia.”

By Andrew Bagala, Daily Monitor


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