How KRA intercepted heroin, bhang hidden in clothes at JKIA

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 28 Oct, 2020 16:38 | < 1 min read
A section of JKIA. PHOTO/File

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) customs officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) have intercepted concealed heroin and bhang that were being smuggled through an international courier service provider.

The two consignments originated from different countries to different destinations, were intercepted recently.

The heroin was sourced from Juba, South Sudan and was destined to Cambodia whereas the bhang had originated from Kasese in Uganda and was destined to France.

In a statement, KRA said both consignments were separately intercepted after they were detected while passing through the non-intrusive scanners.

“KRA customs officers jointly with other officers from the Multiagency Team at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport opened the consignments for 100 percent verification after the scanner showed some concealments,” the statement indicated.

Heroin was concealed in the buttons of dresses in the consignment while the bhang was wrapped in a black polythene paper concealed in an inner pocket of a Kitenge cloth. Both consignments were seized after seizure notices were issued and placed in custody of the Anti-Narcotics Unit.

Smuggling and importation of prohibited goods is an offence under the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004.

KRA said in collaboration with other government agencies, they will continue to be vigilant at all ports of entry to curb trade of illicit goods through the borders and other transnational economic crimes.