NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – Beauty products worth more than Sh10 million that are suspected to be in the country illegally have been recovered at a house in Nairobi’s Garden estate.
The items originating from Cote d’Ivoire were found in the basement of the house located less than 500 metres from the home of Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere.
Three suspects, including the owner of the home where the goods were seized, were arrested and detained to help police in their investigations.
“We have suspects in custody who are being interrogated. We want to know how these goods were brought here,” a senior police officer said.
Police believe the goods were in transit and may have been diverted for the local market.
Police said they had also recovered various other items believed to have been stolen.
Police believe the beauty products were being sold to local supermarkets.
The officers spent a better part of Wednesday transporting the beauty products to the CID headquarters on Kiambu road to be kept as evidence.
Police said they are yet to understand how the goods which can fit in two forty-foot containers were transported into the well guarded estate where the Commissioner of Police resides.
“They must have been transporting them for several days, but we have not established when they came in,” the officer said.
Police have indicated they would arraign the suspects in court possibly on Thursday to face various charges.
Meanwhile, police said they had recovered a truck loaded with aluminium products and other construction materials which were diverted while en-route from Mombasa to Nairobi.
The truck was recovered with the help of personnel from Tracer tracking company that had been monitoring it from Mombasa.
A senior official at the company, David Sang told Capital FM News that they found the truck shortly after they were informed that it had been diverted from its original route.
Cases of trucks with goods on transit being diverted have been on the increase lately, according to police.