Trainee teachers caught smuggling drugs

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THREE trainee teachers trying to smuggle large quantities of marijuana into Western were arrested yesterday at Kagamuga Airport, in Western Highlands.
Two are first-year students from Chimbu Teachers College and the other, also a first-year at Nondugl Teachers College in the Jiwaka, were caught trying to smuggle more than 10kg of marijuana.
The drugs were neatly packed in their bags under their shoes when check-in staff members of the Missionary Fellowship Aviation (MAF) discovered them and alerted police.
Members of the mobile squad five based in Mt Hagen arrested the three. They said the students were all from the same village in the Middle Fly district.
One of the students allegedly told  policemen that they all contributed up to K500 each to buy the marijuana from locals to sell in their own districts.
“We buy the marijuana to sell and raise our school fees for next year,” he allegedly told the police.
The student said that a gram of marijuana in his district was going for K5.
He said that after seeing high demand and envisaging a lot of money, they contributed money to buy marijuana.
A police source said the students were ready to board a MAF plane when security guards found the marijuana.