Nine charged with drug trafficking

By Victor Muyakane

MV Al Noor was intercepted by Kenyan naval forces last Thursday under suspicion of an illicit cargo after a tip off from Interpol (File)

Nine members of the multinational crew of a Pakistani ship have been charged in court with trafficking of narcotics.

The crew were part of a ten man crew of MV al Noor which was intercepted on Kenyan waters en route from Mogadishu by Kenyan naval forces upon an Interpol tip under suspicion of drug trafficking.

So Far, 5 kilos of high grade heroin disguised as cement in the cargo of a Pakistani ship has been recovered by the Kenyan naval authorities as investigations continue.

One crew member was found dead in the cabin with the cause of death remaining unknown.

The crew of embargoed ship MV Al Noor were arrested and taken to Port Police Station under heavy guard after Investigations revealed an amount of heroin secreted into the ship’s cargo hold.

MV Al Noor was intercepted by Kenyan naval forces last Thursday under suspicion of an illicit cargo after a tip off from Interpol. The tip included another ship which has since disappeared.

The head of the marine unit Stanley Lamai said the drugs were recovered during the ongoing inspection of the vessel that is under tight guard at the port of Mombasa.

Lamai said a team of anti-narcotic officers are still inspecting the ship MV Al Noor that is loaded with 300 metric tonnes of cement bags.