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Nigerians in custody for drug smuggling

A NIGERIAN man, Kelly A., who allegedly tried to smuggle heroin in his stomach into Slovakia on June 22, is to remain in custody on the orders of the Bratislava II District Court, the TASR newswire wrote.

A NIGERIAN man, Kelly A., who allegedly tried to smuggle heroin in his stomach into Slovakia on June 22, is to remain in custody on the orders of the Bratislava II District Court, the TASR newswire wrote.

“In the last three weeks, we have detained three foreigners from Nigeria at M.R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava, the last one on Saturday, June 27,” the spokesman for the Regional Court in Bratislava, Pavol Adamčiak, told TASR. “On June 26, the District Court Bratislava II detained Kelly A., suspected of the grave crime of illegal production of psychotropic matter, its possession and trafficking. The reason for his detention is the so-called escape and preventive custody.”

Kelly A. was ordered to be detained on June 23 and faces a possible 15-year prison sentence. He arrived in Bratislava from Brussels via Prague and underwent routine drug tests of blood and urine which were positive. Within 24 hours he excreted a total of 73 packages containing a brown substance and weighing about 1,200 grams. He has permanent residency in Spain.

Another detained Nigerian, Raymond O., 34, was also detained at Bratislava airport on June 9. He was allegedly smuggling about 70 capsules of cocaine and faces a life sentence. The last detained Nigerian, Chelson Macjud I., 29, was caught on June 27 allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine. He arrived from Prague. His bowels contained 66 packages with about 1,040 grams of the drug.

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