KENYA COCAINE BUST: Police smash drug smuggling attempt
Police in Kenya‘s capital Nairobi have arrested a Ghanaian national after he attempted to smuggle KSh. 4 million (GBP £29,170.96) of hard drugs into the East African country, according to local media outlet Standard Digital News.
The 34-year-old man, whose details have not yet been disclosed, was seized at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport en route to the west African nation of Benin. Airport police discovered 48 pellets of what is believed to be cocaine, which had been concealed in the drug mule‘s rectum.
He was seen acting suspiciously by airport police who detained and placed him in a secure observation room, where the pellets were excreted and confiscated by officers.
The Jomo Kenyatta Int’l Airport, Nairobi where a traveller was found to have smuggled in nearly £30,000 worth of recreational drugs in a body cavity.
The airport’s CID chief Joseph Ngisa commented on the case “He is still under observation and we are waiting for results from the Government Chemist to know the nature of the drugs he had”. He also reassured the media that Kenya’s anti narcotics squads were well prepared to catch out drug importers. Increasing amounts of seizures have been made at Kenya’s biggest airport with ten cases handled by the police in the past four months alone.
The Ghanaian citizen had arrived in Kenya on a stopover from a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, when he was pulled over by JKIA’s Anti-Narcotics Unit. Police have admitted that they are not yet aware of the purity of the seized narcotics but are certain it is cocaine, a drug widely smuggled due to its high street value and ease of transport. There is also a possibility that the drugs may be heroin. Both attract stiff sentences for offenders caught smuggling them. Drug smugglers have been caught with packs of the illicit substance hidden in their bodies. It is occasionally brought in past customs dissolved in petrol (gasoline).
A rapidly developing nation, Kenya has become a drugs hub for smugglers across Africa. High unemployment has resulted in both local youths and foreigners engaging in the drugs trade for quick riches, putting the poorly funded Kenyan police under severe strain. In July this year, the country’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, declared war on Kenya’s rampant drug abuse and lucrative crime rings. Despite the president’s demands, drugs education among the country’s youth is inadequate in places. The police have been accused of targeting small-time dealers and mules while leaving the kingpins untouched. Meanwhile, corrupt police officers and politicians are enabling traffickers to relocate from Asia, South America and West Africa because of the ease of paying out bribes to make sure the authorities look the other way.
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