Two Tanzanian drug traffickers die of overdose in Ethiopia

February 10, 2009

Addis Ababa, Tuesday

Two suspected Tanzanian drug traffickers have in the last two weeks died in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa of overdose.

The two, Yahya Abdulkadir and Yosuf Said had been arrested by Ethiopian police after they collapsed while on board two separate Ethiopian airline flights from Tanzania to China and China to Tanzania via Addis Ababa.

Some of the heroin pellets ingested by the suspects burst in their stomachs resulting in their deaths.

They collapsed in the air planes and were rushed to different hospitals in Addis Ababa where they were in admitted.

Hospital sources told the Nation in Addis Ababa that more than 109 drug capsules were found in the stomach of one of the suspected drug traffickers travelling from Tanzania to China on an Ethiopian Airlines plane two weeks ago.

He died last week after intensive medical care in Addis Ababa.

Dr Behailu Haile, medical Director of Hayat hospital in Addis said doctors found a bunch of capsules containing around 15 grammes of heroin each in the suspect’s stomach. The other Tanzanian also arrested during his trip from China to Tanzania via Addis Ababa died yesterday while trying to smuggle drug pellets.

They burst in his stomach.

Doctors said more than 42 drug capsules were found in his stomach. Seventeen pellets were surgically removed before he died on Monday.

Source Daily Nation