Zimbabwe pair nabbed for claiming drug-filled corpse‎

October 30, 2012 12:48 pm


Photo illustration of a morgue. Mpili reportedly died with 1.4kg of heroin in his stomach/XINHUA-File
HARARE, Oct 30, 2012 (AFP) – Zimbabwe police have detained two men on suspicion of drug-dealing after plainclothes police caught them trying to recover a corpse stashed with 1.4 kilogrammes of heroin, local media reported Tuesday.

The state-owned Herald newspaper reported that the pair, in their thirties, were arrested at a funeral parlour in the capital when they went to collect the body of suspected drug mule Ally Omari Mpili.

“Mpili reportedly died with 1.4 kilogrammes of heroin in his stomach while in transit to South Africa,” the paper said adding that the drugs were valued at $112,000.

His body was taken by police to a local morgue while awaiting a post-mortem by a government pathologist.

The two men were arrested on October 24 and have since been charged with breaching the dangerous drugs act.

“A post-mortem done on October 25 by a government pathologist led to the recovery of creamish ampoules in the deceased’s intestines,” prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the Harare magistrate’s court.

Mlawa Jumanne Ndumbogane and Mufungo Ngara were denied bail and remanded in custody until November 12.


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