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Cocaine mules appear in court

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Two Tanzanians and a South African national who were arrested last week in Karoi after allegedly swallowing cocaine capsules appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts Tuesday facing charges of dealing in dangerous drugs.

Juma Ally Juma (30), Masumbuko Abdallah Munguni (38) and Francis William (36) appeared before Provincial Magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi who remanded them in custody to August 12.

The state case is that on July 24, William went to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in pursuit of employment and befriended a man only known as Hamuda.

He was allegedly given 92 capsules of cocaine valued at $157 920 to transport to Johannesburg, South Africa, and surrender them to a person only identified as Gibson.

The state alleged William was promised $1 000 as payment for the transportation of the drugs.
William allegedly swallowed the capsules while in Tanzania on July 26 and boarded a Lusaka-bound bus on his way to South Africa.

The state said Juma and Abdallah allegedly received 96 and 63 cocaine capsules respectively, valued at $203 810, from a person identified in court papers as Malik, a Tanzanian national.

They were to transport the drugs to Johannesburg and had been promised $1 000 each as payment.

Juma and Abdallah allegedly swallowed the capsules on July 26 while in Tanzania and joined William on their way to South Africa via Lusaka, Zambia.

The trio boarded an Ingwe bus from Lusaka, Zambia, and crossed Chirundu border into Zimbabwe without being detected, the state alleged. While they were a few kilometres before Makuti, William developed a stomach problem and went to the toilet on the bus.

The state alleged William spent about 20 minutes in the toilet and an unpleasant smell filled the bus, prompting the bus crew to investigate.

Upon checking, the bus crew discovered a small plastic tube in the toilet cistern and suspected William was trafficking drugs, the state alleged.

William was handed over to the police in Karoi and he allegedly excreted 92 capsules of cocaine while in custody.

During investigations it was discovered by the police that Juma and Abdallah were using the same telephone numbers with William for their next of kin on the bus passenger manifest.

The discovery of the same telephone number prompted the police to monitor Juma and Abdullah, the state alleged.

Juma allegedly excreted 96 cocaine capsules at Karoi Police Station and was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Abdallah developed stomach ache and Karoi police took him to Chinhoyi Hospital, where he was medically induced and excreted 63 cocaine capsules.

He was arrested and charged for drug trafficking.

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