Monday, June 5, 2023

Botswana female ‘Drug Lord’ re-arrested in South Africa

One of the most notorious female drug lords based in Gaborone, and who had skipped the country while on bail, has been arrested in South Africa.

It is almost a year after Irina Leoneidovina Telegina Ramokate, aged 45, failed to attend the magistrate’s court.

Following her disappearance, Gaborone Interpol informed their counterparts throughout the world but a few weeks later, the South African Police succeeded in re-arresting her from where she had taken cover in one of the notorious areas in South Africa.

This week, Detective Assistant Superintendent Kenosi Tsaanang, of the drugs and narcotics squad, confirmed her arrest in South Africa.

He said though the trial dates were set, the trial would be temporarily suspended while the Directorate of Public Prosecution processes her extradition to come to Botswana and stand trail.

“I am not in a good position to suggest when the suspect will be extradited but the DPP is in a good position to comment on that,” he said.

Tsaanang said the suspect had not been attending court since she was granted bail by the Village Magistrate early this year.

The suspect is believed to be the biggest drug lady in Botswana, supplying the whole country with drugs. She was arrested together with three suspects, two from South Africa and one from Britain, including a 17 year old girl.

During a raid, police found cocaine, ecstasy and LSD estimated at a street value of more than a million Pula.


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