Nairobi Star (Nairobi)
23 June 2011
Police at the JKIA yesterday confirmed the seizure of two kilogrammes of cocaine valued at Sh8 million smuggled into the country in a suitcase from South Africa.
The Kenya Airport Police Unit (KAPU) CID boss Joseph Ngisa said detectives and experts from the Government Chemist opened the suitcase on Tuesday evening and found 2.2 kgs of cocaine worth Sh 8.5 million. “We opened the suitcase and officials from the Government Chemist tested and weighed the powder which was then confirmed to be cocaine worth over eight million shillings,” Ngisa said.
The drugs, which arrived aboard a South African airline from Johannesberg came in as unaccompanied luggage addressed to the suspect. “These traffickers are getting trickier everyday, but detectives at the JKIA are more vigilant and we have been seizing larger amounts of drugs in the last few months. We have details of the suspect who is a foreigner and believe an arrest will be made soon,” Ngisa said.
Police became suspicious after the addressee failed to collect luggage. It was when they ran it through the scanning X-ray machine that it revealed an extra lining of about two inches thick along the walls of the suitcase.
The drugs are reported to originate from Sao Paulo in Brazil and were shipped through several countries before arriving in Nairobi where police suspect they would have been repackaged for either Europe or America. Detectives at JKIA have in last few months seized caches of drugs.