Liberian sentenced for narcotics trafficking at KIA

An Accra High Court has sentenced a Liberian woman to ten years imprisonment for attempting to smuggle cocaine through the Kotoka International Airport(KIA) to Bangkok, Thailand.

The court after sentencing Ms. Wolo Maiplay Margaret also fined her of 10,000 penalty units in default to serve three years additional term.

The accused pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted exportation and possession of a narcotic drug without a Minister of Health licence, in violation of sections 36 and 37 of the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019), respectively.

The presiding judge, however, found her guilty on her own plea on each count to run concurrently.

Ms. Wolo Maikplay Margaret was apprehended by Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) officers on the 14th of May, 2022, while transiting through Kotoka International Airport (KIA) from Monrovia to Bangkok-Thailand onboard Qatar Airways.

A total of 30 pellets containing cocaine weighing 277.2101grams were retrieved from beneath her breast and Vagina when commission officials conducted a physical search on her after receiving a tip from a sister security agency at Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

“The commission also emphasises that the possession and attempted transportation of narcotic drugs is still illegal and punishable under domestic law,” a statement issued by Francis Opoku Amoah, the Acting Director of Public Affairs and International Relations, said.

He assured citizens of its ongoing commitment to keeping the influx and smuggling of all types of narcotic drugs to a bare minimum through collaboration with the relevant stakeholders.