Jomo Kenyatta International Airport linked to major drug trafficking operation in India


A woman traveling from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Mumbai, India, was arrested on drug charges worth Ksh1.2 billion.

According to a statement from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on February 14, the suspect was caught with 12 kg of heroin in her possession.

Following a tip from India’s intelligence, the DRI investigated her suitcase and found the shipment.

The officers discovered the heroin concealed in sections of her trolley bag and manipulated file folders.

The woman told investigators that she received the suitcase in Zimbabwe and was given clear orders to deliver it to someone in India.

The DRI subsequently arrested two male collaborators that she identified.

The three will face charges under India’s Narcotics, Drugs, and Psychotropic Substances Act, which carries a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a fine of Ksh152,000 (100,000 Indian Rupees) for anyone caught importing a commercial amount of narcotic substances.

Detectives are collaborating with their counterparts in Nairobi and Zimbabwe to apprehend other suspects who may have assisted in the concealment of her bags.

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