DEC Officer narrates how Bolivian expelled cocaine pellets
A DRUG Enforcement Commission (DEC) investigations officer yesterday recounted before a Lusaka magistrate’s court how a Bolivian allegedly expelled cocaine pellets from his body in a lavatory as he filmed the episode.
The officer said the Bolivian had pointed to his stomach and the back giving an indication that he urgently needed to use the lavatory.
The Bolivian gave the signal because he was unable to communicate in English.
Two Bolivians, Jorge Galuano Padilla, 31, a bricklayer, and Jackeline Maron Pedraza, 21, a student, are charged with trafficking and importing cocaine into Zambia.
Treford Chibase Mulenga, 32, testified before Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda that Padilla started pointing to his stomach and the back.
That made him take the Bolivian to the?lavatory so that he could relieve himself.
This was after DEC intercepted the two Bolivians at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka on April 9, this year.
Mr Mulenga said he ushered Padilla into a lavatory used by physically challenged people where he squatted and expelled 13 pellets wrapped in a transparent plastic paper.
Padilla washed the pellets in a sink within the lavatory before they proceeded to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where he expelled 19 more pellets.
Mr Mulenga said he filmed the episode in the lavatory.