A woman from Kenya was taken into custody at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in India on suspicion of smuggling cocaine valued at Ksh.281 million (₹14.90 crore).
As reported by Indian media, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials arrested her upon her arrival on Thursday, December 28, via flight KQ 204 from Nairobi to Mumbai.
The DRI released a statement revealing that law enforcement successfully confiscated 1490 grams of a powdery white substance, believed to be cocaine, concealed in a hair conditioner bottle and a body wash bottle.
“The ingenious concealment of the drugs involved two black polythene packets cleverly placed within a hair conditioner bottle and a body wash bottle,” it stated.
The Kenyan woman has been apprehended and placed in judicial custody under the strict regulations of the 1985 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.
This Act, serving as a comprehensive legal structure in India, is specifically formulated to deal with crimes associated with narcotics and psychotropic substances.
Throughout 2023, numerous individuals from Kenya faced legal consequences in foreign countries due to their involvement in drug-related incidents.
In June, Indian officials apprehended a Kenyan woman at the New Delhi airport. She was found smuggling 2.5 kilograms of cocaine from Addis Ababa, cleverly concealed within whisky bottles.
On September 24, a Kenyan involved in the automotive trade was detained in Sri Lanka at the Bandaranaike International Airport. He was carrying 4 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated value of Sh24 million.
Reports suggest that these incidents serve as a warning, indicating that Kenya has become a significant transit point for narcotics, potentially destined for Europe and Asia.
Nevertheless, investigators highlight a concerning trend of increased local seizures of narcotics. They emphasize the urgency for authorities to address this dangerous scenario.
SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES