Alarm as police at JKIA airport seize drugs destined for Australia, China

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 14 Oct, 2021 18:12 | < 1 min read
Part of the consignment bearing drugs seized at JKIA Int Airport Nairobi on Wednesday, October 23. PHOTO/COURTESY

Officers attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) Anti-Narcotics Unit based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, have seized a cache of narcotics concealed in two shipments, following a tipoff from members of the public.

In a DCI report seen by K24 Digital, one of the shipments bearing the drugs was destined for Australia from Kenya and had been declared as African traditional earrings.

"The typical eye would easily pass the 168 pairs of earrings as just that, but the deft police officers sensed there was more than met the eye," DCI said in the Thursday, October 14 statement.

After deeper scrutiny, the officers discovered a yellow powdery substance cleverly concealed within the ornaments.

The powder was subjected to presumptive tests soon afterwards and was positively identified as morphine.

A second consignment had been avowed as 12 kitenge dresses and was en route to Hong Kong, China. Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) detectives opened the consignment and recovered the 12 declared dresses and an additional 199 buttons.

Upon deeper inspection, they were awed to find a white powdered substance shrewdly hidden within the buttons. The powder was subjected to presumptive tests, which revealed it was yet another illegal narcotic substance, cocaine.

The seized consignments are being subjected to further investigation.