Police at Entebbe Airport apprehended a Ugandan woman after she was discovered with 90 heroin pellets in her private parts.
Caroline Birungi, 29, was apprehended after intelligence revealed that she had smuggled heroin into the country from Ethiopia in January and entered Uganda through the porous border in Eastern Uganda.
Birungi had hidden the pellets in one of her body parts, according to CID spokesperson Charles Twine, and was apprehended at Entebbe Airport as she prepared to fly out of the nation to New Delhi, India, where the heroin was going.
According to Twine, drug traffickers and their agents frequently utilize Uganda as a transit country because the country’s anti-trafficking laws are lax, and many Ugandans, particularly young women, are prepared to help with drug distribution.
“Our females have been duped into unlawful commerce by guys from other nations who married them for two to three years while simultaneously training them to be involved in criminal trade,” Twine added.
According to CID, eleven Ugandan girls are currently incarcerated in Sri Lanka and India, four of whom are receiving life sentences for being captured with drugs.
“We’ve worked with the rest of the world to ensure that we can pool our resources and combat this vice together, so it can’t be the same government pleading for you if you’re caught in the same illegal trade.”
“There are ten females imprisoned in Sri Lanka and India, four of them are serving life sentences, and no one dares to ask for their release,” Twine said.
Drug trafficking remains a global problem, and Uganda is frequently utilized as a transit country by traffickers and their agents, owing to Ugandan regulations against drug trafficking being less harsh than those in other jurisdictions.
According to records from the Criminal Investigations Directorate’s Anti-Narcotics Unit, 7,328 persons were arrested throughout the year.