Suspected heroin from China nabbed at JKIA
Narcotic substance suspected to be heroin was on Wednesday morning intercepted at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers.
The one kilogramme parcel had earlier been sent from China and was destined for Kisumu by an international courier company.
The KRA Customs and Border Control Commissioner Julius Musyoki said that the parcel was intercepted at the DHL warehouses and that detectives from the Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU) had taken over the investigations.
He added that all parcels and letters shipped through any of the local entry points would continue to be subjected to mandatory screening procedures.
KRA has enhanced its capacity to identify narcotics and other illicit products and also intensified screening procedures on all cargo entering or leaving the country.
However, unlike in previous instances where such seizures have largely been on outbound parcels, the interception on Wednesday, was on a package consigned for delivery to Kisumu.
The courier companies have been urged to exercise internal surveillance measures to avoid being used as conduits by unscrupulous drug traffickers.
Last week, KRA also intercepted six kilogrammes of bhang at JKIA that was destined for the United Kingdom from Senegal.