, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – A Nigerian and Ghanaian were due in court on Thursday morning after they were found trafficking heroin at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Airport CID Chief Joseph Ngisa said the two were arrested on Monday and detained until Thursday to enable detectives verify the contents they were carrying.
“We moved to court and obtained orders allowing us to continue detaining them for verification purposes because the drugs had to be confirmed and weighed properly,” Ngisa said on telephone.
Ngisa said the government has already confirmed that the Ghanaian was carrying 4.9 kilograms of heroin in his bag while the Nigerian had 1 kilogram which he had swallowed – all with a street value of Sh17.4 million.
Both were travelling to their respective countries from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
“We are now trying to establish their local networks because both were travelling from JKIA to their home countries,” he said.
Kenya has lately intensified a crackdown on drug traffickers, especially at border points, with the arrest of the two coming days after bhang destined to the UK from Senegal was seized at JKIA.