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Customs impound drugs draped in Holy Mary’s statue at Airport

Customs officials have uncovered at least 3kilogrammes of narcotic drugs carefully adorned in a statue of the Holy Mary at the Douala International Airport.

The discovery was made public Friday, August 31.

Statue of Mary

The National Times gathered that the drugs were brought in from Yaounde. The consignment was bound for the Philippines in Asia.

The Customs officials discovered the drugs as they embarked on a thorough screening of items that were due to be loaded into a plane.

At the moment, the identity of the owner of the ‘luggage’ is yet to be made public. The officials have expanded investigation to uncover the network involved in the drug business.

custom officials

Friday’s discovery comes weeks after Forestry officials made similar exploits in the same city. On August 18, 2018, some seven individuals were arrested in possession of over 700 kilogrammes of Pangolin Scales in Douala.

That consignment too was destined for the Asian Continent. Across Asia, the demand for the scales of Pangolin endangered specie is high.

Cameroon’ Forestry and Wildlife Minister, Jules Doret Ndongo, then issued a release indicating that those arrested have been handed to the competent judicial authorities.

A few days back, Cameroon’s Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary, in a press outing on measures to roll back drug addiction, said 15,000 youths aged 15 and below are addicts.

At the same meeting, he blamed the deplorable security situation in the two English-speaking Regions of the country on drug consumption.

©THE NATIONAL TIMES NEWS