Spaniard nabbed with Sh41m cocaine in Nairobi

August 13, 2012 12:42 pm
Police at the airport said the Spanish man had travelled from Sao Paulo in Brazil to Nairobi’s JKIA where he was picked up by detectives on arrival/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 13 – A Spanish man who was allegedly found with Sh41 million worth of cocaine at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport was arraigned in a Nairobi court on Monday.

Fort Molla Pascual, 61, did not however plead to drug trafficking charges before a magistrate at the Kibera Law courts because he did not have a translator.

The charge sheet shows to the Spaniard concealed 10.4 kilograms of cocaine in 18 new bed sheets when he was intercepted on arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday aboard an Emirates flight.

The court ordered that the Spaniard remain in custody until a translator is made available so that he can plead to the charges.

Airport CID chief Joseph Ngisa had earlier told Capital FM News that the Spaniard was arrested during a screening procedure.

“His luggage was found with 10.4 kilograms of cocaine when it underwent screening,” Ngisa said.

Ngisa told Capital FM News that they had tightened the noose on drug traffickers at the airport to ensure drugs are not smuggled into the country.

“The screening on all luggage is mandatory. We are doing everything possible to curb the drug trafficking menace,” he said.

Cases of drug trafficking have lately reduced significantly at the airport, according to detectives attached to the Kenya Airports Police Unit (KAPU).

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