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Mozambique woman caught with drugs in Phuket

Oct 14. 2012
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By The Nation

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A Mozambique woman was caught smuggling in six kilograms of methamphetamine worth Bt21 million at Phuket International Airport, police said yesterday.

Customs officers randomly checked arriving passenger Hortencia Ferreira Novela, 37, and the X-ray of her black suitcase found suspicious items. They opened the baggage and found a hidden purple briefcase containing two plastic bags filled with yaba. The bags were wrapped in carbon paper and clear tape.

Novela left Mozambique by Kenya Airways to connect to flights at Nairobi in Kenya, Doha in Qatar and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to reach Phuket. The suspect said she was hired for Bt50,000 to deliver the briefcase to someone at Patong Beach in Kathu district. It was her first time to visit the resort island.

Police are tracking down her contact by tracing calls on her mobile phone, which records show she used many times to complete her work.

Customs Department director-general Bencha Luicha-roen said the department has enforced policies to control and suppress the illicit drug trade by ordering its Phuket airport officials to conduct strict inspections. –

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