A Nigerian lady was remanded by the Seychelles Supreme Court on charges of conspiring to import and traffic in illegal drugs.
The 52-year-old woman was jailed after being apprehended at the Seychelles International Airport on Thursday following her arrival on an Ethiopian Airline flight, the Seychelles news agency said on Monday.
A search, discovery, and seizure of 250 grams of what is thought to be cocaine led to the woman’s arrest.
The arrest of the Nigerian takes place less than a year after Elsie Esther Vambe, a 45-year-old foreign woman, was given a five-year prison term for importing a controlled substance and an additional five years for trafficking a substance.
The female Zimbabwean national, who had pled guilty to both offenses, was given a five-year prison term in April 2022 for trafficking and importing a controlled substance. Vambe will serve both sentences concurrently, which will result in a five-year prison term for him.
Two male foreign nationals were given prison sentences for bringing cocaine into the country last Friday, according to the police.
Patrick Ikechukwu Uwaoma, a 58-year-old Nigerian businessman, received a 30-year sentence after being found guilty of bringing cocaine into the country, and German Augusto Brook Dixon, a 42-year-old Nicaraguan, received a five-year prison term.
The western Indian Ocean archipelago of Seychelles has a zero-tolerance policy for the importation and trafficking of illicit narcotics. If found guilty, the maximum sentence is life in jail.