Liberian gets 10 years jail-term over cocaine smuggling via KIA.
A Liberian national has been given a ten-year prison sentence by the Accra High Court for attempting to transport cocaine via the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to Bangkok, Thailand.
After finding Ms. Wolo Maikplay Margaret guilty on Wednesday, August 31, the court, presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Mary Ekua Yanzuh, additionally fined her 10,000 penalty units in default and sentenced her to serve an extra three years in prison.
In accordance with sections 36 and 37 of the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019), the accused pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted exportation and possession of a narcotic drug without a Ministry of Health license.
The presiding judge, on the other hand, found her guilty on her own plea on each count to run concurrently.
On May 14, 2022, Ms. Wolo Maikplay Margaret was detained by Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) officers while she was traveling on a Qatar Airways flight from Monrovia to Bangkok, Thailand.
After getting a tip from a sister security agency at Kotoka International Airport (KIA), commission officers physically searched the woman and discovered 30 pellets of cocaine totaling 277.2101grams under her breast and in her vagina.
Francis Opoku Amoah, the acting director of public affairs and international relations, released a statement that read, “The commission also emphasises that the possession and attempted transportation of narcotic drugs is still illegal and punishable under domestic law.”
He reassured the populace of the government’s continuous commitment to working with the necessary parties to minimize the influx and smuggling of all sorts of narcotic substances.