Uganda police probe reports 80 kilos of seized cocaine missing

Ugandan police are probing the reported disappearance of nearly $4 mn worth of cocaine seized by customs officers at its main airport (AFP Photo/Isaac Kasamani) (AFP)

Kampala (AFP) - Ugandan police said Monday they were investigating reports nearly $4 million worth of cocaine seized by customs officers at its main airport had disappeared from secure stores.

National police chief Kale Kayihura has set up "a task team to conduct an audit into the control and accountability of drug exhibits at the Aviation Police Headquarters," police spokesman Fred Enanga said.

"The task team is in its advanced stages of the enquiry," he added, saying it was up to them to confirm if the drugs seized from smugglers between 2012 and 2014 had since been stolen.

The New Vision newspaper said some 80 kilos of cocaine -- worth some $4 million (3.7 million euros) at street prices -- reportedly had gone missing from the stores of aviation police at Entebbe International Airport.

The state-owned newspaper, which quoted unnamed souces, said, "wheat and cassava flour and other substances were substituted for cocaine."

"The racket came to light after detectives took 17 separate samples from the stores for testing at the government analytical laboratory (GAL) last year," the newspaper added.

It was not possible to independently verify the reports.