, NAIROBI, Kenya, July 29 – Police on Friday seized a haul of cocaine at the port of Mombasa with an estimated street value of over Sh300 million from South America.
The container was intercepted upon arrival at the port while in transit to Uganda concealed as sugar.
A multi-agency team was said to be searching four suspect containers, with a possibility of finding for more drugs.
According to port documents, the 18 containers were loaded at Santos Port in Brazil on June 20.
Each container “was loaded with 520 bags of sugar.”
Coast Region police boss Francis Wanjohi said the drugs tested positive and they had launched a major investigation to apprehend the owners.
“Our officers received intelligence reports about four suspicious containers .They were isolated for verification by a multi-agency team which discovered the cocaine hidden in one of the container,” he said.
According to sources, police officers were tipped by Interpol about the containers, which were seized immediately after the ship docked at the port on Wednesday morning.
The Port of Mombasa has in the past been used as transit port for drugs headed to Asia and Europe.
Last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the destruction of a ship loaded with heroin valued at Sh1.3 billion.
The vessel was blown up in the high seas as a sign of the government’s tough stance against drug trafficking.