Drugs now being sent via post office

October 27, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – A consignment of heroin sent as a parcel from Pakistan has been impounded at the City Square Post office in Nairobi.

The drugs weighing 2.9 Kilograms were sewn and concealed in two pairs of trousers that were discovered by the Kenya Revenue Authority officials.

“We have seen of late there has been diversion from the use of airports to the use of postal parcel transmission system to convey this illicit cargo and as a result we have been doing thorough checks and that is why we were able to detect these drugs,” KRA spokesman Kennedy Onyonyi told reporters.

“The drugs originated from Pakistan and were consigned to a person here.  There is the address given and police will follow up and get to arrest the person,” he added.

The Head of the KRA’s Revenue Protection Services Jeremiah Ikiao told journalists they would submit the drugs to the anti-narcotics department at the CID.

“Investigations will be carried out thoroughly by the police and we are going to submit the drugs to them for further tests, as of now we strongly believe this is heroin,” he said.

He said they used a German shepherd dog to detect the drugs that were carefully concealed.

The parcel containing the consignment was sent by Kamran Ahma from Pakistan to a consignee in Nairobi who is now being sought by the police.

Cases of drugs being impounded at Kenyan airports have lately reduced and police attribute it to thorough checks at entry and exit points.

Up to last year, at least two to three cases were reported at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport every two months.

“We have intensified checks, there are more detection sections at all the entry points particularly at the airports. That is why we are not hearing of more cases of drug trafficking,” he said.



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