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by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – A SOUTH African woman has been arraigned before a Zimbabwean court for alleged possession of drugs suspected to be cocaine with a street value of US$430 000 (about R5,26 million).
Named as Thandeka Jack (34) from Johannesburg, she was arrested on New Year ’s Eve at the Robert Mugabe International Airport after disembarking from an Angolan flight.
Detectives from the Drugs and Narcotics squad and operatives from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) arrested her after her suitcase was found with a stash of some 15 bobbins of white sewing thread with powder of a similar color, suspected to be the illegal drug.
Tests established the material was indeed cocaine.
The bobbins were allegedly stashed with cocaine weighing over 5kg.
The suspect has appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing charges of dealing in dangerous drugs.
She has been denied bail while matter has been adjourned to February 6 for trial.
Cocaine use is on the rise in some urban areas of Zimbabwe, particularly among youths from elite families.
It has been reported sex workers also patronize the illegal drugs.
– CAJ News