NAIROBI, Kenya May 31 – Police at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have seized Hashish disguised as vegetables which were destined for the UK.
Airport police told Capital News that they had arrested a man found transporting the drugs which were packed in 88 slabs early Tuesday.
“They were in 20 cartons and disguised as vegetables for export but we suspected something was not right. That is when we seized them,” airport CID chief Joseph Ngisa said.
He said the man arrested was a truck driver who had just delivered the cargo at the airport. Two other men believed to be loaders who had accompanied the driver escaped, police said.
JKIA police chief Philip Tuimur told Capital News that they had invited officials from the Government Chemist and others from the weights and measures to assist them in the investigation as detectives prepared to arraign the suspect in court. He said they had not established the street value of the drugs seized.
“We are carrying out investigations jointly with other arms of the government, the weights and measures officials are assisting us. Government chemist officials are also working with us,” he added.
Mr Tuimur said an investigation had been launched to establish the source of the drugs and also get accomplices of the suspect who is in custody.
“We know he is not alone in this, there must have been people who sent him to deliver the cargo here. Those are the people we want to know where they are,” Mr Tuimur said adding that “the suspect who in custody will definitely face charges in court.”
He did not disclose the charges they intend to prefer against the truck driver.
A detective involved in the investigation told Capital News that they had sent a dispatch to London seeking the support of detectives there to establish the recipient of the cargo.
“We have the details of the person who was to receive this cargo in London, we are now relying on our counterparts there to trace him,” a detective briefing on condition of anonymity said.
On Sunday, two Nigerian men allegedly found trafficking in Cocaine worth Sh5 million were arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Police said the suspects had swallowed the drugs when they were intercepted at the screening area of the airport late Saturday and were immediately detained until Sunday morning when they emitted 182 pellets of Cocaine.
“When profiling passengers, our officers have a way of detecting people who are trafficking in drugs. These two gentlemen had swallowed the drugs and that is why they were detained,” Head of the Anti narcotics unit Sebastian Ndaru said.
He said the men were traveling from Douala, Cameroon to Jakarta, Indonesia when they were intercepted.
Police said Tuesday they are increasingly concerned at the high cases of drug trafficking at the JKIA which is a major hub in the region.