Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A drug dealer with a dubious name led Lesedi Molapisi to the gallows

Minutes after her plane landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on January 23 last year, Lesedi Molapisi entered the terminal and walked towards the green channel. It had been a long flight and she would certainly have been exhausted. She had flown from the Oliver Tambo International Airport on a Qatar Airways flight via Doha. The green channel is the passage that arriving passengers with no goods to declare use. Seemingly acting on a tip, customs officials intercepted and pulled her aside. According to Dhaka Times, a Bangladeshi newspaper, the airport’s custom officials had been tipped about this particular passenger. On searching Molapisi’s bags, the officials found 3.146kg of heroin concealed in her luggage and immediately arrested her. The drugs were worth P23.3 million. For visual context, the small bag of Tsabotlhe cereal meal is 2.5 kg.

There's more to this story

But to keep reading, we need you to subscribe.

Investigative journalism is an indispensable part of a healthy society, but it's also expensive to produce. We are reliant on subscriptions to fund our work, and while you can enjoy most of our stories for free, a small number of premium features are reserved for subscribers.

You can subscribe for one week, a month or a full year - the choice is yours.

Save 77% on an annual subscription. Click here to find out how.

Existing subscribers can log in to keep reading here.


Read this week's paper