A Ghanaian has been arrested with a total of 64 kilograms of compressed dried leaves suspected to be diamba.
N’fally Cesay was arrested at the Freetown International Airport while trying to board the Astreus Airline for London with the suspected items.
The suitcases were impounded at the final checking desk after the suspect had claimed ownership of the two samsonite suitcases containing the illegal substance.
The two suitcases were detected at the x-ray machine where the Astreus security supervisor-assistant chief supervisor Kargbo Tucker- remained suspicious of their contents.
Although N’fally Cesay said he did not have the keys to the suitcases he was ordered to open them. When they were finally opened, each was discovered to contain 23 highly compressed parcels of dried leaves suspected to be diamba.
According to the crime officer at the airport, both suitcases weighed 64 kilograms. He added that the suspect had named one Joseph alias “Commander” as part of the setup to smuggle the illegal drug out of the country.
As investigations commence in earnest, the local unit commander at the Freetown International Airport, Chief Superintendent Alfred Karrow Kamara, has assured the traveling public of tight security.
He expressed optimism that any attempt to smuggle through the airport will be unearthed.