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Diaspora (Netherlands) | Jun 1, 2004

Netherland-Bound Couple Arrested At KIA With Cocaine

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A Ghanaian couple, who were to travel to The Netherlands, have been arrested by security officials at the Kotoka International Airport, for attempting to export cocaine. The two, Mr Eric Kwadzo Aboagye and Mrs Naomi Aboagye (nee Twumasi), concealed the drug in the soles of their shoes. Mrs Aboagye was also carrying a seven-month old baby girl. An official of Aviation Security, Akwasi Asante Boadu, who was escorting the couple, has also been arrested. Although Boadu is officially based at the AFGO section and was off-duty, he took advantage of his security pass to go through the various security check-points. The couple had concealed in the sole of their shoes, a quantity of cocaine totalling 2.5 kilogrammes.
A source at the Narcotics Control Board, which disclosed this in an interview yesterday, said at about 10:30 p.m. on May 26, the couple were picked up while preparing to board an Alitalia flight to Holland via Milan.
It said when a search was conducted on them, the substance was found concealed in the soles of their shoes.
According to the source, Aboagye denied knowledge of the substance and explained that he sent someone to buy the shoes for them.
It said Naomi, who is currently being kept at a decent place because of the baby, however, told security personnel that it was her husband who gave her the shoe to put on while in the vehicle which took them to the airport.
With regard to Boadu, the source said the suspect was off-duty on the day of the incident but found his way to the airport.
It said Boadu indicated that he had gone to see off a cousin's wife and met Aboagye, who he described as an old friend, at the airport. The source said Boadu denied having knowledge of the drugs which were being carried by Aboagye. It said Boadu explained that he was only helping an old friend to go through immigration procedures when he was arrested by personnel of the BNI.
Investigations continue.


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