A Harare woman who was nabbed on charges of dealing in dangerous drugs after she was found in possession of 2,3 kilogrammes of cocaine with a street value of $185 464 has accused the State of ‘foul play’.
Through her defense counsel, Veronica Matongo, 44, denies the allegations and claims she is a cross boarder trader who was arrested while she was delivering second hand clothes to her client in Acadia.
She further claims what was admitted in court as cocaine has been exchanged at the CID Drugs and Narcotics.
Responding to her allegations, State witness, Douglas Makoshore who is the investigating officer in the matter carried out a test and it came out positive, proving that it was real cocaine.
Another test will be done by another State witness from the CID Drugs and Narcotics.
The presiding magistrate Hosea Mujaya deferred the matter to tomorrow for trail continuation.
The State, represented by Michael Reza alleges that on November 23 this year at around 10am, detectives from CID Drugs and Narcotics received information from an anonymous caller that Matongo was dealing in illicit drugs and was on her way to a lodge along Seke Road in the capital.
It is alleged that detectives carried out surveillance at the lodge and at around 2pm Matongo arrived in a Honda Fit vehicle driven by Stanford Tsoka.
The detectives reportedly followed the vehicle, which was then driven into the parking bay at the lodge and Matongo was seen carrying a navy blue travelling bag.
The detectives then followed her into the lodge and caught her before she entered her room.
It was reported that the detectives identified themselves and explained the purpose of their visit to her.
On interviewing her, Matongo allegedly told the detectives that she wanted to see a friend, but when a search was conducted, it was discovered that the inner metal lining seam of the bag had been tampered with.
The State alleges Matongo was then taken to Harare Central Police Station, where a thorough search was conducted by unscrewing the metal lining of the bag, leading to the recovery of two khakhi papers containing a beige powdery substance, which tested positive as cocaine.