SA woman smuggles drugs in dreadlocks

2011-12-13 07:43

Bangkok - A South African woman was arrested at Bangkok's international airport after police said they found 1.5kg of cocaine hidden in her dreadlocks, a news report said on Tuesday.

Nolubabalo Nobanda, 23, was searched on Monday when police said they noticed a white substance in her hair shortly after she stepped off a Qatar Airways flight that originated in Sao Paulo and flew through Qatar to Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Bangkok Post said.

The search uncovered 1.5kg of cocaine with a street value of 4.5 million baht ($150 000) hidden in her dreadlocks, authorities said.

Police said the suspect admitted smuggling the drug and said she had been hired for 60 000 baht to deliver it to a customer at a hotel in Bangkok.

  • Larry - 2011-12-13 07:49

    Here we go again. They take the chance and now they must pay the price. I have no sympathy for these people whose product destroys life.

      shane.erlank - 2011-12-13 07:54

      She must give up her dealer, the dealer must be extradited to Bangkok and share whatever sentence the 'mule' gets

      Marthinus - 2011-12-13 08:02

      She obviously does NOT read news24. Darwin award platinum membership for life!!!!!

      procold2 - 2011-12-13 08:03

      larry, agree they take a chance and i dont feel to much for them either but mostly the mule with a kilo gets comprimised and the real shipment gets through, the officials get tipped off and make the arrest thinking thats all and all eyes are one the target but someone has 15kg stashed in a suitcase. and walks straight through

      Kevin - 2011-12-13 08:30


      Chezzius - 2011-12-13 08:39

      Maybe she's just suicidal?

      Larry - 2011-12-13 08:47

      @Lemurian. I recall a White woman being executed in Botswana, not long ago. SHe allegedly murdered her Boyfriends wife. I also recall that several other South Africans have been executed in Botswana. All without much fuss from the Government or people of South Africa. These were people who murdered individuals. Drug smugglers are in my opinion, mass murderers, so, dont judge me for my opinion regarding a scourge on the world. You my friend are a hypocrite.

      RPhiri - 2011-12-13 09:31

      I bet the lice were like: "dudes this coke party in "Jamiaca" was a Dope idea".

      Vicker - 2011-12-13 09:58

      And she is going to be executed (hopefully) for a measly R16300 (at todays exchange rate). Like Pink Floyd said: Everybody has his price Bob, but yours is pretty low.....

      Fredster69 - 2011-12-13 10:17

      Dreadlock holiday...

      Peter - 2011-12-13 10:23

      I'm still curious as to how Cocain in particular destroys lives? It's the dumb twits who snort it. I reckon we should legalise all drugs and let the weaker people be removed from the gene pool. Drugs or no drugs, they will find some inventive way to destroy themselves.....

      Go - 2011-12-13 11:18

      Flying High

      Marc - 2011-12-13 15:12

      people make mistakes. she made a huge mistake in the wrong place. you dont know her situation, maybe she was desperate, maybe she was conned into it. we all deserve a second chance, because i know that if it was myself or a family member or a friend who made this mistake, i would feel they deserve a second chance. govts transport substances and weaponry that kills thousands of people everyday and no one holds them accountable. china commits atrocities everyday, whether in Tibet, or in toxic food production, or child slave labour - no one holds them accountable. this lady who was probably too naiive to even know wat she was getting into , was made to pay the ultimate price in such a harsh manner. i have compassion for tik addicts - even they have made mistakes or have had horrible circumstances that have got them to where they are. I have no compassion for governments. all they do is subjugate their people and lie - they are all hypocrites. its important that average people try not to be such hypocrites and scream for justice or the death penalty when they themselves do wrong all the time, make mistakes all the time, or have no idea how their lifestyles harm the world around them. hypocrisy is rife in this world, and we should all try to be judge less harshly and understand peoples circumstances more. the death penalty in any country never cuts down on crime or creates a better society. you think a murderer before he murders considers the consequences? be realistic

      Smell - 2011-12-13 17:07

      Both drug muling and being executed are serious issues. I deplore the first, and am not necessarily against the ultimate penalty for the crime. But due process should be followed before giving someone the death penalty. However, joking around these issues is seriously disturbing and reflects poorly on many contributors here.

      fredahsm - 2011-12-13 20:21

      @Marc, saw the relatives on TV news, they dont look desperate, expensive clothes, professional makeup, eyelashes, etc I was desperate at 18 when my father passed away, with no food, afro hair, stayed at a squatter camp, never once has it ever crossed my mind to be a mule. Peoples lives are destroyed because of drugs.....

      Win - 2011-12-13 22:37

      Marc, it's your compassion that's sick! These mules only get into deep sh*t with the local law because it's found out that it was the 3rd or 4th time they did it, and then got caught. They knew the risks and took them, why? Because the higher the risks the bigger the payoffs. Would you go and evangelise the Taliban in the Afghan mountains and teach them compassion, after they've just killed 200 people with suicide bombings? No, you'd take a machine gun and shoot them to ribbons. Because if you don't, you'll go down in history as the greatest misguided a*sehole of the century. The Far East Authorities understand this reality and will never show compassion to drug mules who know what they are doing. Otherwiuse their countries would drown in mind-altering drugs and the resulting anarchy and total collapse of society. The real danger in this world is people like you, Marc.

      Merven - 2011-12-14 07:13

      Phuti you idiot. She was 6 when Apartheid ended, go and blame your lame ANC for education problems.

      Marc - 2011-12-14 08:25

      @WIN - not even going to respond to any points you pathetically tried to make except to say that you are an idiot. why is it that the most ignorant, harshest judging, finger-pointing people, are always so incredibly stupid, and the hugest hypocrites around? take george bush or julius malema - they love acting like they have a moral high ground and are the symbols of self righteousness, but they are dumb as a door and corrupt as sin

      Skabenga - 2011-12-14 13:44

      Whilst I agree, they must pay the price, shouldn't the same go for alcohol which ruins the lives of more than any of the planets hard drugs. Food for thought.

      modmario - 2011-12-15 07:50

      If your child is dying piece by piece or OD's from drugs then you are a bad parent!!! Don't make the dealers out as these men standing around waiting to pounce, cause they are not, they like staying incognito. Your children and their friends sniff them out and would rather build a relationship with a dealer than with you, fickle as it maybe, but your child knows it's the same as trying to build a relationship with the speaker at a Mc'D drive trough, but at least they get more bang for their buck! Give your child a royal spanking, spend time with him, give him chores, and send him to see a shrink, give him structure, otherwise my darling, he will find other ways to entertain himself.... STOP MOLLY CODDLING YOUR FFING CHILDREN, THEY AND YOU SHOULD START TAKING THE BLAME AT SOME POINT, YOU AREN"T AS INNOCENTIA KHUMALO NEXT DOOR AS YOU MAKE OUT TO BE. You just caused a possible mule's life, mule's arent neccesarily drugs users!!! And remember you are the architect of your own demise!!!!! Stop pointing fingers ohh just think of the lives she would've ruined... NO SWEETIE, you've ruined your own life and that of your children... if there was a fire and the drug mule said jump would you, HUH would you!!!! WEAKLINGS ALL OF YOU HIGH AND MIGHTY PRISSY PRUDES, YES YOU NOW GO TAKE ALONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR, BECAUSE NEXT TIME YOU MIGHT SEE YOUR REFLECTION THROUGH A PANE OF GLASS!!!

  • Mr Kcopah - 2011-12-13 07:50

    lets take her to China, chinas!

      Kenny - 2011-12-13 08:16

      Dont worry thailand has the death penalty for drugs. One less destroyer of lifes to worry about.

      John - 2011-12-13 09:41

      I live in Thailand, believe me she is in for the high jump, especially that she admitted doing it for money. There is no sympathy here for drug smuggling. Be interesting though to see how far JZ will go with her plea, probably a lot more seeing who she is. My personal feelings, she will get what she deserves and rightly so!

      David - 2011-12-13 13:27

      Dadah(drugs)is death in these countries, no mercy granted.

      fredahsm - 2011-12-13 20:24

      Who is she, ThailandJohn? Janice Linden was from KZN and Nobanda is from EC

  • Rinesh - 2011-12-13 07:53

    and another one bites the dust!!!!! that was the chorus !!!! X2

  • jhavenga1 - 2011-12-13 07:53

    Are you Kidding me. Dont they ever learn...!!!!!

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-13 09:09

      i guess not!

      Lara - 2011-12-13 18:42

      RPhiri, you are one wicked individual, but I like it.

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-13 07:53

    See this one admitted why? cause she did it. . . just saying

      Len - 2011-12-13 08:07

      Or because it was in her hair, and denying this would take some effort?

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 08:15

      true but if it was me 'd deny it and find a way to blame it on apartheid lol

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-13 09:10


      Bradley - 2011-12-13 10:36

      lame shame thats no way to play the game, barefoot no one gives a hoot. where are your boots thorns grass and stinky roots..

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-13 07:54

    some people don't read the news

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 07:56

      lol, don't read all even if it's industry related news lol

  • Victor - 2011-12-13 07:54

    Our South Aficans must stop going abroad. Soon we'll be distinct

      Pierre - 2011-12-13 08:06

      Well, already I cannot go to England without a visa, although my wife's British.

      Mia - 2011-12-13 08:19

      Our South Africans must stop going abroad loaded with drugs you mean...

      Stephanie - 2011-12-13 08:25

      distinct? oi...I sometimes wonder about the people who comment on these news posts...

      jacques.budler - 2011-12-13 08:38

      Distinct, as in stand out in a crowd, be easily recognisable? or did you perhaps mean extinct, as in the Dodo?

      Third-World - 2011-12-13 08:50

      Victor did 'extinct'? *Blackberry confused face!*

      leigh.windvogel - 2011-12-13 08:53

      Distict or extinct? #just asking

      Ed - 2011-12-13 09:06

      victor...i have a feeling that with that might brain of yours, you too will soon be 'distinct'... hahahaha twit

      Rob - 2011-12-14 12:53

      We are distinct already. Consider that some countries no longer respect SA doccumentation of any sort. SA is very high on the corruption list and even higher on the risk list And how is the public health situation? Got the message?

  • mmakgaboe - 2011-12-13 08:00

    ...South Africans - will we ever learn!? So sad really. We cant be feeling sorry for such people that do his to themselves.

      Len - 2011-12-13 08:09

      I object to a categorisation of these greedy mules as representative of all South Africans. Hundreds of South Africans are on flights across the globe as we speak and they are honestly earning a living and allowing some of us to be employed. This is a synonymous with greed, and not being South African

  • Jimmy - 2011-12-13 08:00

    They never learn do they..

  • braamc - 2011-12-13 08:02

    Bad hair day

  • Ben - 2011-12-13 08:03

    Is it guts, ignorance, stupidity or greed?

      Len - 2011-12-13 08:09


      Afrikopite - 2011-12-13 08:26

      Innocence Ben, I believe there is more to this than meets the eye. Trust me another one has already been recruited from the slums and up market places.

      Heike - 2011-12-13 17:01

      maybe desperation?

      Merven - 2011-12-14 07:16

      If it was desperation she could've stand on the street corner.

  • zami.romm - 2011-12-13 08:03

    lets send all our convicted murderers on a "holiday" to china/bangkok with drugs in their hair...and from there, their authorities can deal with them in ways that ours cant.

  • Pierre - 2011-12-13 08:04

    @shane.erlank- So I wonder which ANC councilor the dealer will be?? Mmmmmm?

      Zena - 2011-12-13 09:34

      @phangolicious.....please read the article correctly about where she come from with the drugs, South America and most drug dealers are not white but Nigerians...not saying it was them in this case. So like Aids, drugs effect all races and today all races use and deal in get off that race card.....So Cheryl Cele that recruited people to smuggle drugs for her Nigerian friend was white now......goes to show your mentality that everything that happens is the white mans fault, start taking responsibility instead of playing the blame game....

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-13 08:04

    She has admitted it not that it will bring her any favours from Thai police. Chances are she will not see home in a looooong time or might end up getting the death penalty. Whatever she gets she deserves it. our goverment should not even try an save her.

      Len - 2011-12-13 08:11

      Very hard to deny drugs in/on your hair. At the very least, with the suitcase, you can always argue that suitcases were switched on her or she was given a package to deliver without knowing. When people put things in your hair, then you must really be stupid not to see that as hiding something.

      Merven - 2011-12-14 07:17

      So Paulmandlankosi, why didn't your government done enough?

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-13 08:04

    She has admitted it not that it will bring her any favours from Thai police. Chances are she will not see home in a looooong time or might end up getting the death penalty. Whatever she gets she deserves it. our goverment should not even try an save her.

  • Li'Lady - 2011-12-13 08:04

    OMG, are they stupid? haven't they seen that these people have no mercy?? We'll she made her bed....... now sleep in it!!

  • Randy Mongatane - 2011-12-13 08:07

    Okay and u expect me to feel sorry for her wen they execute her?

  • Perfume - 2011-12-13 08:07

    I have no sympathy whatsover for these drug mules, arrow me down, whilst these mules will either be put to death, or serve lengthy sentences, the drug dealer will be looking for another stupid mule to carry the tasks out.

  • Elle-Black - 2011-12-13 08:09

    I give up

  • Bob - 2011-12-13 08:10

    SA is really are going to get a great international reputation as drug traffickers..!

      Merven - 2011-12-13 11:53

      It takes the attention away from the farm murders.

  • Hope - 2011-12-13 08:10

    What is wrong with these women and drugs? Another one to face death penalty.

  • Toto - 2011-12-13 08:13

    Not again.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-13 08:14

    Did she heard of someone who has just come back in ashes? There are many women than men in prisons in S. America and Asia and most of this girls are serving the Nigerians in Sunnyside and Hillbrow. Many young girls want quick bucks and they always get arrested and face the full might of law when their bosses are roaming the streets of Sunnyside and Hillbrow.

      Merven - 2011-12-13 14:56

      How do you know that there is a man involved? Do you think only men deal in drugs? You need a serious wakeup call poppie.

      Christo - 2011-12-14 11:06

      Dit maak nie saak of jy n vrou of n man is nie!! Skelm is jy skelm!! Vrouens is mos nou maar emosioneel as hulle verlief is en sal enige iets doen vir die man in haar lewe?

  • Ian - 2011-12-13 08:15

    hang the thing

      Merven - 2011-12-13 11:54

      23, what a way to throw away your life.

  • Mlungisi - 2011-12-13 08:16

    Another stupid women to be fired in Asia

      Mlungisi - 2011-12-13 08:30

      Oooops i meant fried

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  • Toto - 2011-12-13 08:19

    Then we expect our President to intervene instead of doing better things. She confessed that she was HIRED not forced to smuggle those drugs.

  • MasizaSL - 2011-12-13 08:19

    People do scary things to get money so they can survive. I would also like to say that it is very easy to judge. I just hope the police, seeing that the suspect is co operating, they also allowed the plan to go on and arrest the buyer too.

  • Derk - 2011-12-13 08:19

    she is going to have a "dreadlock holiday" A song by 10CC

  • Wesley - 2011-12-13 08:19

    It was dandruff, She should have use Head and shoulder

      Elle-Black - 2011-12-13 09:55

      @ Wesley LMAO,brilliant

      Merven - 2011-12-13 11:54

      Now it is Head and Sniff.

  • Larry - 2011-12-13 08:21

    @Lemurian. I recall a White woman being executed in Botswana, not long ago. SHe allegedly murdered her Boyfriends wife. I also recall that several other South Africans have been executed in Botswana. All without much fuss from the Government or people of South Africa. These were people who murdered individuals. Drug smugglers are in my opinion, mass murderers, so, dont judge me for my opinion regarding a scourge on the world. You my friend are a hypocrite.

  • Sattva - 2011-12-13 08:22

    Death penalty !

      leigh.windvogel - 2011-12-13 08:56

      i agree

  • Afrikopite - 2011-12-13 08:22

    So sad really. It all starts at home when they board the planes within our airports. For the sake of innocent children who were going to get the drug on the streets KILL HER, for the sake of young South Africans THE SA GVT is to blame.

      Barefoot - 2011-12-13 08:24

      read the story slowly and tell me where she boarded the plane

      Len - 2011-12-13 09:12

      Sao Paulo. Last I checked, South Africa has not taken over Sao Paolo yet.

  • Angela - 2011-12-13 08:24

    Oh Lemurian, get over obviously have a HUGE CHIP on your shoulder about being black !! Your message in indicative of an uneducated individual....time to wake up !!

  • Thermophage - 2011-12-13 08:24

    lol...idiot :P

  • Spiral - 2011-12-13 08:28

    she obviously hasnt been reading the news lately... its a shame what desperation makes some people do!

      Spiral - 2011-12-13 10:55

      & all for a mere R15 000!

      psebe - 2011-12-13 13:34

      she has but blood money has cloud her judgement "i'll never arrested"

  • SamuraiMama - 2011-12-13 08:29

    No sympathy, sorry.

  • Thys - 2011-12-13 08:29

    You can play with a Cobra, eventually you'll get bitten!

  • MissGremlin - 2011-12-13 08:29

    Just for the record 60 000 is freaking peanuts. What a dumb arse.

      MissGremlin - 2011-12-13 08:42

      (60 000 bart)

      Morne - 2011-12-13 11:46

      That's Baht. - 2011-12-13 22:44

      R16 000

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-13 08:31

    Now Zuma must take off on his busy schedule and neglet the poor to attend to another weedhead that is according to the DA who say we do not do enough! I wonder why no body is calling for the president to intervene on the Jackie Selebi saga where an old and ailing old man is sent to jail to die for accepting R 167 000 from his freind!

      Buzz - 2011-12-13 14:55

      What does weed have to do with this? It's obvious that the dreadlocks were simply a means to an end, and are not a reflection of Rastafarians or those who choose to ingest weed.

      Harold - 2011-12-14 10:56

      Phumezo You obviously do not have all the facts that is why you made this comment. To steal a Cent is to steal a Million Rand Jackie was smart enough to hide the rest go ask Brett Kebble.

  • nokuthandwa - 2011-12-13 08:31

    Must Zuma intervene here too?

      leigh.windvogel - 2011-12-13 08:57

      he should not

      Azande - 2011-12-13 09:15

      Super DA will advise.

      tokoziza - 2011-12-13 15:43

      Absolutely not ... !!

  • OSSY24 - 2011-12-13 08:32

    another one up for the needle, i wonder how long this 1 will take

  • PieterWolf - 2011-12-13 08:33

    Execution following..... NO Simpathy....

  • OSSY24 - 2011-12-13 08:33

    banged up abroad prt2

  • Barry - 2011-12-13 08:37

    It is not worth the R 20k she was paid to do. It is very sad. Prayer go out to her.

  • Dale - 2011-12-13 08:38

    ooohhhh stupid woman...

  • Hester - 2011-12-13 08:38

    In a couple of months or a year's time, poor Zuma is going to be called upon to intervene to prevent her execution... she admitted that she smuggled the drug, admitted that she got paid... she is guilty and should be punished.

  • Jay - 2011-12-13 08:39

    It wasnt insiiiiide! it was onnnnnnnnnn.....TOP!

  • Sandra - 2011-12-13 08:40

    Well at least she knows that she is as good as dead, in case she forgot, stupid stupid woman! I have no sympathy for these people anymore.