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KQ staffer arrested for smuggling 7.5kg gold in Mumbai

A Kenya Airways cabin crew member on a plane from Nairobi to Mumbai was arrested over the weekend for allegedly smuggling 7.5 kgs of gold into India.

The Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Mumbai police arrested Teddy Mutuma Muthee, 25, after being tipped that a foreigner would deliver a drug consignment.

The officers deployed outside the hotel where Muthee had checked in. They followed his trailed after he stepped out of the hotel and got into a waiting taxi.

“Muthee was carrying a laundry bag provided by the hotel and had kept something wrapped in a newspaper inside. We frisked him but found nothing,” a senior ANC officer who was part of the team told Mumbai Mirror newspaper.

The officer then asked Muthee to hand over the laundry bag, but he refused.

He is said to have later handed over the bag after the officers told him they would take him to the police station if he fails to cooperate.

“When we opened the rectangular packet, we were shocked to find gold bars wrapped in paper. When he couldn’t provide papers or satisfactory answers for possessing the gold bars, we arrested him,” DCP Jayant Naiknavare told Mumbai Mirror.

As Muthee was being questioned, he revealed that he was on his way to deliver the consignment to a dealer in Colaba.

“Muthee might have smuggled the gold in the Kenyan flight that he had come in. We have handed him over to the Customs for further investigation,” the DCP told Mumbai Mirror.