JOHANNESBURG, March 7 Mozambican police have
seized 600 kg (1,300 lbs) of heroin, one of their biggest ever
drugs hauls, hidden in a flat-bed truck they believe was heading
from Kenya to South Africa, newspapers said on Thursday.
Two Guineans arrested told police on the northern border
with Tanzania that the narcotics were fertilizer they were
transporting on behalf of a Congolese national living in
Nairobi, the Noticias newspaper said.
They unsuccessfully tried to bribe officers with $60,000,
the paper added.
"The disproportionate height of the truck bed, the strange
scent and the fact that the truck was apparently travelling with
no cargo raised the police's suspicions," police spokeswoman
Malva Brito was quoted as saying.
With its porous borders, loose bank regulations and
strategic location on Africa's east coast, Mozambique has become
a trafficking hub for South American and East Asian drugs headed
for Europe and South Africa.
(Reporting by Marina Lopes; Editing by Ed Cropley)