Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Three Kenyan women held in Mumbai over drug trafficking

Three Kenyan women were arrested at India’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in separate cases of smuggling of cocaine and heroin valued at about Sh25 million.

The latest incident happened on Sunday, when one Kenyan was intercepted with 980 grammes of white coloured powder that was later found to be cocaine and valued at Sh5 million.

Another Kenyan national had earlier on the same day arrived there from Addis Ababa and when a search was conduced on her, a packet containing 5.16kg of white powder suspected to be heroin was seized, officials said.

Local media cited customs officials, saying another Kenyan had on September 29 tried to smuggle 490 grammes of cocaine, concealed in her footwear.

The seized cocaine valued at Sh2.4 million was found concealed in a special cavity made in her footwear.

The customs officials said the incident happened when on secret information, the woman, who arrived from Kenya, was intercepted at the Mumbai airport.

"The customs had received information that a woman from Addis Ababa who was arriving from an Ethiopian airline flight was allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine in a special cavity made in her sandals,"an official said. 

The woman was instructed to wait for a caller to handover the drugs.

The officials are trying to get details about her handlers. Meanwhile, the court has remanded her in judicial custody for 14 days.

One is likely to face up to 10 years in jail upon conviction for drug trafficking. Kenyan officials termed the trend alarming.

04/10/22 Star

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