4 January 2019
A SOUTH Africa based woman has appeared in court accused of smuggling ephedrine worth US$27000 without a permit.
Judith Munemo, 33, pleaded guilty when she appeared before Harare magistrate Learnmore Mapiye charged with contravening the Medicines and Allied Substances Control Act.
Munemo, who was remanded in custody, will be sentenced today.
The State, led by Lesley Mavezere, had it that on January 1 this year at 2pm, detectives from CID Drugs and Narcotics received information to the effect that Munemo was abode an Ethiopian air flight from India and was in possession of ephedrine.
Acting on the supplied information, detectives proceeded to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport where, upon arrival, they checked with the passenger manifest and noticed that Munemo was abode that Ethiopian airline.
The detectives placed one detective inside the arrival hall to identify and monitor the movements of the accused person.
Munemo was identified and seen collecting her luggage comprising of a brown travelling bag and a navy blue bag and proceeded towards the Green Route on her way out.
Munemo was intercepted by the detectives at the exit point and they identified themselves before telling her the purpose of their mission.
They took Munemo to CID drugs Harare Central where they searched her bags in her presence and recovered 18x500grammes tins containing ephedrine and she was subsequently arrested.
A field test was conducted by detectives which tested positive for ephedrine.
The ephedrine weighed 9,006kg.
It was produced before the court as an exhibit.