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
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,”
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.
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.
Tanzanian authorities arrest
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