Two members of Kenya Airways (KQ) cabin crew have been arrested for allegedly carrying drugs out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The suspects, both men of Kenyan nationality were arrested fifteen minutes to take-off at 7.45am with a substance believed to be cocaine while en-route to Cotonou, Benin.
Earlier in the month, a police multi-agency team arrested two other KQ staff at JKIA.
The team undertook a major sting operation and in the process intercepted four kilograms of narcotics concealed as Kenyan Coffee.
The drugs were found hidden within the crew restroom of a Kenya Airways plane (Flight KQ 870) destined for Hong-kong, China.
During the operation, the strike team arrested two suspects namely Daniel Koech and Paul Omondi, both KQ in-flight crew members.
It is suspected that the two had been working in collusion with former colleagues of the airline to secretly traffic drugs to China, Netherlands, and India.
The operation was triggered by a tip-off from friendly foreign security agencies who had observed an influx of narcotics emanating from Kenyan flights.
Investigations by the Kenyan security agencies unravelled a cartel comprising of airport staff and in-flight attendants.
The airline issued a statement and said they were “aware of the incident that occurred and is working in tandem with the relevant authorities to get to the bottom of the matter.”
“Kenya Airways adheres to all regulations and laws of Kenya and the countries it operates in. In addition, all members of crew are trained on these regulations and laws and are expected to adhere to them at all times. Kenya Airways remains committed to the integrity of its operation and does not condone any illegal activities by its staff members,” the statement read in part.