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REVEALED: Police bust international drug smuggling cartel at JKIA

Police are working with an international logistics company to crack a drug smuggling ring at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The investigation started after heroin was found in a parcel sent from DHL headquarters in Nairobi destined for Ontario, Canada.

“We can confirm that DHL staff proactively alerted law enforcement authorities about the contents of a shipment that was judged to be suspicious after a routine security inspection by DHL. We have not, as at this moment been notified of any allegations of wrongdoing against DHL employees.

“As with all such cases, we are cooperating closely with the authorities in their investigation,” read a statement by the firm’s management.

Police have also interrogated two employees of an international courier company.

The head of criminal investigations at the airport, Mr Joseph Ngisa, said the two were questioned because they handled the parcel that had 285 grammes of heroin with a street value of Sh280,000, after it was delivered by the sender.

The drug was concealed in a voluminous book weighing three kilogrammes.