(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
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
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
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
“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
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,”