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The Drug Was For My Own Personal Use: Says Woman Busted With $7,8m Worth Of Cocaine

The trial of a suspected foreign drug dealer who made headlines after she was caught with a contraband of cocaine valued at $7,8 million before swallowing 60 plastic balls of the drug has kicked off at the Harare Magistrates’ Court with the woman saying the drugs were for her own use.

The suspect, Sheila Khumalo said she never intended to use the drugs here in Zimbabwe as she was in transit to South Africa.

She also said that it was not her intention to import any drugs into zimbabwe.


The presiding magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi remanded the matter to Friday 28 May 2021 for ruling.


The court heard that on May 9, information was received to the effect that Khumalo was coming to Zimbabwe from Brazil with contraband of cocaine aboard an Ethiopian Airways and was expected to arrive at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.

It is the State’s case that on May 10, acting on the information, a team of detectives, officials from the Central Intelligence Organisation and personnel from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority intercepted Khumalo at the airport.


It is alleged that a search was conducted on her luggage and on her person, leading to the recovery of 53 small white balls with whitish powder from her undergarment.



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