Another attempt to smuggle harmful drugs through the Freetown International Airport to the outside world has failed with the interception of a 3.2kg of cocaine.
The consignment was intercepted by a combined team of security agencies at the airport, which comprises the Sierra Leone Police Force, the airport security and the Office of National Security (NOC).
The incident occurred over the weekend when passengers were trying to board the Astraeus flight for London. It all started with Alie Kamara, working for one of the European security management, who was on duty on the day in question.
Although the people were many, Alie’s interest was focused on a particular well dressed man who was far more anxious to get on board the aircraft.
Alie was so much convinced that some unlawful items must have been with the man. So he singled out the man and later ushered him to the office of the newly transferred Local Unit Commander (LUC), Superintendent Little Lamin, for a thorough search.
The intercepted man, who gave his name as David Ananiha, is a Nigerian national with a Belgium passport. When his hand luggage was opened in the full view of the aforementioned security agencies’ representatives, two parcels of white substance suspected to be cocaine where found. Inspector A. Fambulleh, the crimes officer at the Freetown International Airport, told Awoko in an interview that David Ananiha had admitted that the two parcels contained cocaine and that each weighed 1.6 kg.
Mr Ananiha, who arrived in the country with Belleview Airlines from Lagos a few days earlier, is quoted to have said he brought the drugs from Lagos and was only here to sort a convenient entrance to the United Kingdom.