Kenyan citizen George Ouko could be facing a possible death sentence after being caught in possession of 1.2 Kilograms of cocaine, stuffed in 68 pellets inside his stomach.
The 43-year-old was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport in Thailand where the suspicious contents of his stomach were detected through an X-Ray machine.
George Ouko who was travelling from Ethiopia, was arrested along side his handler , Osita Joseph Ukpa, a Nigerian national who authorities say, was the one who hired the Kenyan man to transport the drugs.
Drug trafficking is a capital offence in Thailand and many who have been caught, have ended up being executed as the law allows for a death sentense to anyone caught trsfficking.
Despite this heavy penalty for culprits, Thailand remains one of the most ‘favourable’ transit points for illegal Drug Trade. Local dailies attribute this to ‘porous borders and laxity in securing entry points’.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the powerful, highly addictive Cocaine affects the central nervous system and can cause brain damage, or death.