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Ivorian woman arrested aboard KQ with Sh30m heroin

Police in Mombasa are holding an Ivorian woman who was arrested aboard a Kenya Airways flight after she was found with heroin worth Sh30.9 million.

The woman, identified as Boignan Danho, 28, was arrested on Saturday morning at the Moi International Airport.

Head of Anti-Narcotics Police Unit Hamisi Masa said Ms Danho was arrested with 10.3 kilogrammes of the drugs.

“We are currently holding the suspect who is a foreigner and the drugs suspected to be heroin. Our officers are still questioning her and we cannot divulge more details for now,” said Mr Masa on phone.

A source said Danho was heading to Ivory Coast through Nairobi when she was arrested in Mombasa.


“We found six packets of the drugs in her suitcase. Preliminary investigations have revealed that she comes from Ivory Coast and stayed in Mombasa for quite some time,” said the source privy to investigations.

Ms Danho is being held at the Moi International Airport.

Mr Masa said the suspect will be arraigned in a Mombasa court on Monday after a thorough probe by detectives.

This is the first arrest of a drugs-related case in Mombasa this year.

In August last year, a Briton was arrested by a multi-agency team of detectives in Nairobi in connection with Sh600 million cocaine haul that was intercepted at the port of Mombasa.


The team of detectives recovered the cocaine concealed in bags of sugar packed in a container. Four containers were intercepted.

Each of the four containers had 520 bags of brown sugar (an adulterated form of heroin).

Three years ago, a woman was arrested at the Moi International Airport with 4kg of heroin worth Sh11 million.

Ms Elizabeth Owiti was sentenced last year to serve seven years in jail.She was arrested with drugs which were wrapped in two parcels weighing 2.5kg and 1.5kg while about to board a Condor flight to Frankfurt, Germany.

Ms Owiti travelled from Nairobi to Mombasa by bus without the two suitcases and police suspected she received them in the coastal town from some drug barons.