Guinea Bissau “Diplomat” Arrested with 4kg Cocaine at RIA

Self-proclaimed diplomat Antonio Gomes with the cocaine.jpg

A Guinea Bissau national, Antonio Gomes, who claimed to be a traveling diplomat, was intercepted by security personnel assigned at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) with four kilograms of cocaine on April 9.

The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) has confirmed that the cocaine was valued at US$34,000 (equivalent to L$2,240,000).

The LDEA has meanwhile forwarded suspect Gomes to the Kakata Magisterial Court in Margibi County on the charge of illegal possession of harmful substance.

Cocaine, according to the LDEA Director Anthony K. Souh, is also known as benzoylmethylecgonine or coke. It is a strong stimulant mostly used as a recreational drug that is commonly snorted, inhaled, or injected into the veins.

The arrest of suspect Antonio Gomes came barely three weeks following the arrest of a Nigerian national identified as Chukwud Samuels Onuoha with a huge quantity of drugs at the RIA.

Suspect Onuoha is detained in Kakata awaiting trial.

For suspect Gomes, the LDEA said their Interpol counterparts tailed him when he first boarded a Kenyan Airway Flight number 405 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.

After that, Director Souh said while in Nairobi, Gomes again boarded another Kenyan Airways Flight number 5539 to Accra, Ghana, from where he transited to RIA, where security assigned there picked him up.

“When LDEA and immigration officers quizzed suspect Gomes about his occupation, he said, ‘I am a diplomat,’ but did not explain further thereby raising security concerns,” the LDEA said.

While undergoing the interview, the Daily Observer gathered that the suspect abandoned his traveling bag that contained the cocaine in the terminal and walked out after he noticed that the airport security had uncovered his deal.

According to the information, it was at this point that the security placed him under arrest for investigation after which the suspect was transferred to the Kakata Magisterial Court, where he is expected to stand trial.


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