Drugs worth Sh9m seized at JKIA concealed in bicycle saddles

"The methamphetamine consignment was being shipped from Moroni, Comoros."

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  • The DCI said Interpol operations have since been launched to identify the faces behind the illicit trade for arrest and prosecution.
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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) impounded over 1 kilogram of methamphetamine drug worth Sh9m on Tuesday.

According to DCI, the drugs were concealed inside bicycle saddles and were bound for Jakarta, Indonesia.

They said the consignment was being shipped from Moroni, Comoros.

"Operational detectives deployed at the airport to tackle immigration crime and suspicious cargo had converged at the DHL shed for a verification exercise, where brown packages with a white crystalline substance were found concealed in eleven saddles," DCI said.

Subsequent tests confirmed the presence of methamphetamine, cementing the suspicion.

The DCI said interpol operations have since been launched to identify the faces behind the illicit trade for arrest and prosecution.

The war against abuse and trafficking of narcotics and psychotropic substances has heightened in the country, and the DCI warns that Kenya will remain a hostile ground for perpetrators, irrespective of their status.

In efforts to address the challenge of illicit cultivation and production of drugs, government called for regional and International cooperation.

Speaking in Abuja Nigeria, Beverly Opwora the Secretary for National Administration in the State Department said that Kenya is ready to work with neighboring countries to stop drug production and trafficking.

“As a country, we are open to work with other countries particularly our neighboring countries in addressing illicit cultivation which, at times, is facilitated by border movements and activities,” Opwora said. 

She spoke at the ongoing 31st Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies in Africa (HONLAF), where she was head of the Kenyan delegation.

The National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) had earlier reiterated the Authority’s heightened efforts in public education as a deterrent to illicit cultivation and consumption of drugs and substances.

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