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NACOC Staff Arrested Over Cocaine Smuggling

The concealed cocaine

A female staff of the Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) stationed at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has been arrested in connection with the alleged interception of a significant quantity of illegal drugs at Brussels Airport in Belgium.

Sources indicate that the suspect, a Dutch national, Proeger Delgey Bianca, was found to have concealed the cocaine around her waist, ingeniously disguised as undergarments, and used adhesive tape to secure the drugs down to her thighs and buttocks.

She is said to have managed to evade security checks with the assistance of the NACOC staff member, who escorted her through the Central Screening Area at the KIA without undergoing the necessary protocols.

She wore a long flowing dress which covered her whole body down to her legs.

Several videos of the incident showed the NACOC staff helping Bianca with her luggage through the Central Screening Area of KIA on the date of her departure to Belgium, skipping the various security checks except for her luggage which was scanned before boarding the Moroccan national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, on March 23, 2024.

In one of the videos available to The Herald, a man believed to be a senior officer at the KIA was seen engaging some of the Aviation Security personnel, thus distracting them from paying attention to Proeger Delgey Bianca’s presence and the NACOC official.

KIA Response

Meanwhile, the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) has interdicted some staff following the recent cocaine smuggling incident at the Kotoka International Airport.

The decision was contained in a statement released by the GACL following the incident.

In the statement released on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, GACL confirmed the commencement of investigations and the interdiction of the staff involved in the incident.

“Management has also reiterated its warning to staff regarding the facilitation of passengers at the airport, failing which punitive measures not limited to but including summary dismissals and prosecutions by the state will be effected in line with existing protocols,” the statement said.

It further indicated that the board and management, in line with GACL’s internal administrative processes, has taken swift measures to interdict all GACL staff relevant to the investigation.

“Management wishes to assure the general public of its commitment and determination, in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure that operations at the airport are safe and secure,” it said.

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