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Kenya seizes heroin worth 29,000 U.S. dollars from Uganda

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan authorities said on Thursday that they have intercepted heroin worth 29,000 U.S. dollars at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) said its enforcement officers who were on a routine check seized 980 grams of heroin from Uganda at the airport on Wednesday night.

“The substance was subjected to scanning and verification at the KRA Customs laboratory, and positively identified as heroin,” KRA said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

It said the prohibited substance which was smuggled into the country from Mbarara, Uganda concealed in African crafts (scrolls) was destined for Delta State in Nigeria.

The package has since been handed over to the Anti-Narcotic Police Unit for further investigations.

The latest interception comes days after the KRA intercepted several packages of narcotics concealed as vitamin tablets at JKIA. The narcotics had also been sent as a parcel using an international courier service provider.

“This points to a possible change of tact by drug traffickers who now seem to smuggle prohibited substances in concealments via courier service providers as opposed to making deliveries in person,” KRA said.

The revenue body said its efforts in curbing smuggling of narcotics and other prohibited substances were recently boosted following recruitment of additional K9 handlers and acquisition of more K9s at the various ports of entry.

KRA is also in partnership with other key state agencies such as the police in heightening surveillance at the country’s territorial borders.

“The Authority remains committed and extra vigilant at all points of entry to ensure that illegal and prohibited substances do not find their way into the country,” it said.

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Tanzanian authorities arrest drug dealer

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities said on Monday they were holding a drug dealer over possession of 300 grams of addictive drugs suspected to be heroin.

Fredrick Kibuta, an intelligence commissioner with the Drugs Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA), identified the suspect as Mohamed Hussein Gulam, a resident of Magomeni in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

“We arrested the suspect on August 16 at his house when he was stuffing the drugs for sale,” said Kibuta.

“DCEA has conducted preliminary tests and established that the stuff was addictive drugs. We have submitted the drugs to the chief government chemist for further investigations,” said Kibuta.

Upon completion of all the necessary tests and investigations, the suspect will be charged in court, said the intelligence officer.

Kibuta said the suspect was believed to have been involved in the business of selling narcotics for a period of 23 years.

“We have information that he started selling heroin in 1995 when he was living in Italy before distributing the drugs to his associates across several countries,” he said.

Kibuta said the suspect returned to Tanzania from Italy in 1999 and immediately started colluding with his associates in selling drugs on retail.

           

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