, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 27 – A consignment of heroin worth nearly Sh80 million was impounded at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) shortly after it arrived from Tehran, Iran, police said.
Police said the drugs in two consignments were impounded at the cargo section on Friday, soon after they arrived from Tehran unaccompanied.
“The cargo was not accompanied and that is why we had to wait to see who would clear them,” Kenya Airports Police Unit (KAPU) CID chief Joseph Ngisa said.
“On Tuesday, a woman showed up and that is when we arrested her. We are now interrogating her to get more information about this consignment.”
Police said they were also questioning a clearing agent who was scheduled to clear the consignment.
The drugs in powder form had been tactfully sewed on leather jackets as inner coats, in what police described as “the latest technology by drug traffickers to conceal drugs.”
“As you can see, they (drug traffickers) have invented a new way of transporting these drugs, but we will catch them just like we have done in this particular case,” Mr Ngisa told reporters on Wednesday.
Anti-narcotics officers based at the airport and drugs experts from the Government Chemist were busy analysing the stash when journalists arrived at the airport on Wednesday morning.
Mr Ngisa said they planned to drain the jackets of the drugs which would then be weighed and examined further to be used as exhibits.
“We are interrogating the woman who came to clear these drugs and we have established she was not alone in this, we hope to arrest more suspects,” the senior detective said.
According to police, the woman’s passport showed she had lately travelled extensively to a host of European countries.
“She must have been in this business for a while now, we are still interrogating her to know more,” Mr Ngisa said and added that the drugs’ value was likely to run into millions of shillings.
Another senior detective later told Capital News that initial analysis had showed the drugs were worth about Sh80 million.
The figure was likely to go up once all the consignment is analysed.