WOMEN SMUGGLERS

Taxman seizes Sh31 million gold and jewellry at JKIA

Customs officers did a body search of 30 women and found 4.88kg precious metal.

In Summary

• The goods were in the possession of 30 women set to depart for Mumbai, India, from Nairobi through Doha at  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

• “Travelers directly associated to three female travellers earlier intercepted entering Mumbai with about 1kg gold concealed internally on August 19," a KRA statement read.

 

KRA commissioner general James Mburu.
GOLD SMUGGLING: KRA commissioner general James Mburu.
Image: COURTESY

The Kenya Revenue Authority on Tuesday night confiscated 4.88kg of undeclared gold and jewellry worth Sh31 million.

The precious metal and jewels were in the possession of 30 women set to depart for Mumbai, India, via Doha. They were arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Customs officers at JKIA conducted body searches of the women as they were getting ready to board the plane and found the undeclared goods.

Commissioner of Customs and Border Control Lilian Onyango said the 30 women are directly linked to three other women travellers arrested in similar circumstances earlier this year.

“The travelers are directly associated to three female travelers who were earlier intercepted entering Mumbai with approximately one kilogramme of gold concealed internally on August 19,” the customs statement said.

The commissioner urged all passengers to declare all cargo or items they have at ports of entry and exit.

“This is required of all travelers under the ... EACC Customs Management Act, 2004,” the statement read.

The other 15 women onboard the plane were asked to disembark and forced to cancel their flights and plans to allow for further investigations.

The gold and jewelry have been deposited in the customs warehouses of the KRA.

(Edited by V. Graham)