500kg dry khat seized at JKIA

Big business in Kenya but banned in UK, US, Netherlands, Tanzania and other countries

In Summary

• Consignment reportedly destined for the US and Austria

• Last week, police confiscated 12kg heroin concealed in two radio speakers, DCI said. 

Heroin packed as tea intercepted as JKIA
NARCOTICS: Heroin packed as tea intercepted as JKIA
Image: DCI

Police on Monday seized 500kg of dry khat packed in 52 bags concealed as tea packets during screening at JKIA, the DCI has said.

The consignment from various exporters reportedly was destined for the US and Austria.

Last week, police seized 12kg heroin concealed in containers of two radio speakers, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said on Tuesday.


In a tweet, the DCI said the consignment, declared as traditional baskets and sandals, was seized by detectives based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

It was destined for Monrovia-Liberia and had been delivered for export by a clearing agent.

In another tweet, the DCI said, "Last week, @DCI_Kenya Detectives based at #JKIA working jointly with other stakeholders seized Narcotic drugs (Heroin) concealed in boxes of Lip Gloss totalling to 48 pieces. The consignment was registered to be airlifted from #Nairobi to Port Harcourt in #Nigeria."

Detectives have so far arrested one suspect in connection with the seizure as investigations continue.

KRA had issued a Seizure Notice on the goods.

Last year, DCI detectives  seized narcotics worth millions of shillings at JKIA

The narcotics, comprised of heroin and methamphetamine, were destined for New Zealand and China.