By Margaret Kalekye
A team of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers, Wednesday morning seized a narcotics package earlier sent from China to a Kisumu address, via an international courier company.
The officers, attached to the KRA Customs and Border Control division intercepted the package at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport DHL warehouses and managed to seize the 1kgs parcel containing a narcotic substance suspected to be heroine.
Speaking when he confirmed the seizure, KRA Customs and Border Control Commissioner, Julius Musyoki, said, the package containing the white narcotic substance, had been concealed in a parcel earlier declared as massage pens.
Security agencies drawn from the Anti-Narcotics Unit, he confirmed have now taken over the investigation process for the case.
All parcels and letters shipping through any of the local entry points, he added will continue to be subjected to mandatory screening procedures.
Unlike in previous instances where such seizures have largely been on outbound (export) parcels, the interception today, was on a package consigned for delivery to Kisumu.
“At all the ports of entry, we have significantly enhanced our capacity to identify narcotics and other illicit products as part of the KRA Customs and Border Control function,” Musyoki said, adding, “our officers have also intensified screening procedures on all cargo entering or leaving the country.”
Following the seizure, the authority has cautioned international courier companies to exercise internal surveillance measures to avoid being used as conduits by unscrupulous drug traffickers.