Crime & Investigation

IGP Halts Destruction of Seized Narcotics at Entebbe

The Inspector General of Police Edward Kale Kayihura has stopped the destruction of the batch of narcotics seized by security at the Entebbe International Airport over the past two year, sale a process that was already in motion.

About 120kilos of drugs are being held in the police store at the airport according to the police deputy spokesperson Polly Namaye.

These items include narcotics such as Heroin, sildenafil Cocaine, look Metaphetamine, Marijuana, to mention but a few.

This week, the aviation Police obtained a court order from Entebbe chief magistrates court signed by the magistrate on 4.08.2016 to dispose of all the drugs in store.

Uganda Police Force last destroyed narcotic drugs intercepted at the Airport in 2014, after obtaining a court order.

The IGP Kayuhura however, has halted this destruction exercise, pending proper verification of the contents of the batch.

According to Namaye, Gen Kayihura early this year received a complaint that the composition of the narcotic drugs currently stored at Entebbe Airport Aviation store had been interfered with.

“Henceforth, the Police commenced a probe into the case. A team of experts from the Government Analytical Labaratory (G.A.L) and The Police Professional Standards Unit was constituted to investigate this information,” Namaye revealed in a statement.


“It was, however, later established that GAL did not have the required re-agents to ascertain the proper composition of the drugs in the store. In a report submitted to the IGP in July 2015, the team of investigators recommended that G.A.L should first procure the necessary re-agents so as to ascertain the composition of the narcotic drugs in the store, before further steps could be taken to destroy them.”

Namaye says GAL is currently in the process of procuring these re-agents.

The IGP halted the destruction process ordered by the court, to await the decision of the Government Analytical Laboratory team, before any such destruction can be carried out.

Namaye says investigations are ongoing, to establish the alleged tampering with the composition of the narcotics at the airport store.

She adds that the security detail for the store has also been reinforced to ensure proffessionalism.

From 2014 to 2015, thirty seven suspects have been arrested. They were arraigned before the Chief Magistrates at Entebbe Chief Magistrates Court and they were all convicted except for two suspects who passed on during the early stages of the trial.

Those who passed on were identified as Valenti Richard Rojas Fabrico from Uruguay and Twizire Peace of Ugandan nationality.

This year alone, four (4) supects have been arrested in possession of narcotic drugs at the Airport.



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