Last week Friday April 24, 2015 Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials at Songwe border station discovered and confiscated a cocaine package wrapped in six black plastic bags, sealed with duct tape on a bus headed for Lilongwe from Tanzania. The retail value of the seized cocaine has been estimated to be just shy of U$D 1,000,000. According to Steve Kapoloma (MRA Deputy Director), the owner of the seized cocaine shipment was not known though the transporter was under arrest at Karonga Police.
The man under custody (name witheld) told authorities that the cocaine was “salt” used for mixing cattle and goat food but subsequent tests by the police proved his story false.
Of late, Lilongwe has been notoriously labelled as the “Cocaine Capital of Malawi” with many drug smugglers using it as a hub on their way to Lusaka (Zambia) and Harare (Zimbabwe) where the South American powder fetches top dollar.
The MRA has appealed to members of the general public to always report issues of any malpractices such as smuggling, tax evasion and corruption through the toll free number 847 for Airtel and TNM subscribers or 80000847 for MTL subscribers.
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