Team in trouble over heroin

13/06/2008 17:39 Port Louis – Two Tanzanian boxers and four officials were this week arrested in Mauritius after they were found with five kilogrammes of heroin, police said on Friday.

The boxers, who were in the Indian Ocean island for the African Boxing championships, a pre-Olympic qualification for this year’s summer games in Beijing, were arrested on Wednesday.

Police first nabbed two members of the team as they placed the drugs, said to be worth $1.8m, next to their hotel’s perimetre wall to await collection and later picked up the rest.

A Kenyan woman who came to collect the heroin was also arrested.

The team consisted of two boxers, a coach, his assistant, a manager and a doctor. Tanzania has been excluded from the African boxing championships.

The team appeared in court on Friday but were not charged and remanded for further investigation.Tanzanian boxers arrested over heroin
June 14, 2008

Two Tanzanian boxers and four officials were arrested in Mauritius after they were found with five kilogrammes of heroin, police said on Friday.

The team, which was in the Indian Ocean island for the African Boxing championships, a pre-Olympic qualification for this year’s summer Games in Beijing, was arrested on Wednesday.

Police first nabbed two members of the team as they placed the drugs, said to be worth 1.8 million dollars, next to their hotel’s perimetre wall to await collection and later picked up the rest.

A Kenyan woman who came to collect the heroin was also arrested.

The team consisted of two boxers, a coach, his assistant, a manager and a doctor. Tanzania has now been excluded from the African boxing championship which begins on Friday.

The suspects appeared in court on Friday but were not charged and remanded for further investigation.

Tanzanian sports authorities said they looking into the incident.

“We are following up the matter to get more details,” said said Shaaban Mwintanga, President of the Tanzania Boxing Federation.
The team, which was in the Indian Ocean island for the African Boxing championships, a pre-Olympic qualification for this year’s summer Games in Beijing, was arrested on Wednesday.

Police first nabbed two members of the team as they placed the drugs, said to be worth 1.8 million dollars, next to their hotel’s perimetre wall to await collection and later picked up the rest.

A Kenyan woman who came to collect the heroin was also arrested.

The team consisted of two boxers, a coach, his assistant, a manager and a doctor. Tanzania has now been excluded from the African boxing championship which begins on Friday.

The suspects appeared in court on Friday but were not charged and remanded for further investigation.

Tanzanian sports authorities said they looking into the incident.

“We are following up the matter to get more details,” said said Shaaban Mwintanga, President of the Tanzania Boxing Federation.

AFP

Kenyan woman arrested in USD $1.8 million drug bust in Mauritius

A Kenyan woman in Mauritius has been arrested along with two Tanzanian boxers and four officials after they were busted trying to smuggle heroin worth a reported USD $1.8 million into Mauritius.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, appeared to be the contact in Mauritius for the Tanzanians who had just arrived in the island for the African boxing championships with the heroin. They were arrested as they attempted to hand over the drugs to the Kenyan woman by placing them outside near their hotel.

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