Former cop jailed for cocaine smuggling
NW – A former police constable was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Thursday 19 September, for her role in the smuggling of cocaine from Brazil to South Africa from 2007 to 2009.
Dolly Nkosi (45), who was stationed at the OR Tambo International Airport when the crimes were committed, was sentenced by the Johannesburg High Court.
She will serve 15 years for racketeering and 20 for dealing in cocaine.
Hawks spokesperson for the North West, captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, said Dolly was recruited into a drug syndicate and established direct communication lines with the Brazilian-based kingpin to facilitate the smuggling of cocaine from Brazil to South Africa.
“An intelligence driven operation by the Hawks in November 2009 resulted in her arrest at the airport. The kingpin and the syndicate members were also arrested in different towns around Johannesburg. Cocaine worth approximately R4 million was seized,” she said.
Vehicles, ammunition, passports, a police hand radio and a large amount of cash was also seized during the arrests.
Dolly and the other suspects appeared before court and were each released on R15,000 bail.
“Pedro Chinedy Odoemenam (46) and Obi Kingsley Odoemenam (39) evaded trial and have been on SAPS’ wanted list since then,” Tlangelani said.
The Hawks are requesting anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the two suspects to contact constable Justice Thatelo on 071 481 2777.
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