By our reporter

Police is holding a man who was found with cocaine worth billions of shillings in Namasuba, along Entebbe Road.

On Thursday, police first  sealed off a building then arrested Idrissa Traore who is allegedly  part of a drug cartel that smuggles drugs in and out of the country.

Traore a national from Mali was found with cocaine weighing 7 kgs worth 1.7 billion shillings.

This was after the Director of Criminal Investigations in Burundi tipped their Uganda counterparts  that they had arrested a one Musa Fofona at Bujumbura Airport trying to smuggle cocaine who later revealed to them that it belonged to Traore.

Police discovered that Traore has lived in Uganda for 20 years and has been in the process of applying for a Ugandan Passport.

“We are more than before committed to fighting drug smugglers, working with neighboring countries because some times apart from the airports, drugs are smuggled across our porous borders,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire.