KRA officials arrested with huge consignment of Mandrax

Written By: Samson Kitavi/Margaret Kalekye

The drugs were concealed as vitamins are believed to be destined for Kenya.

Three KRA officials and one Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board officer were Friday night arrested by police in connection with trafficking of Mandrax capsules at the Eldoret International Airport.

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Police managed to seize a huge consignment of Mandrax during the raid following intelligent reports that drugs concealed as vitamin supplements were frequently being trafficked at the airport.

The actual value of the 80000 pellets is unknown.

The police suspicion and curiosity were aroused by the movement of the consignment, which was diverted to the Eldoret from JKIA.

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According to Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Mongo Chimwaga, the drug might have originated from Dubai before landing to Kenya.

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He said at least four officials, three from KRA and one from the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board have been arrested.

The importer of the consignment according to authorities was also nabbed in Nairobi.

The government in 2003 slapped a one-year ban on cargo planes at the Eldoret International Airport after suspicious deals were reported at the facility.

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The nabbed cargo is presently at the hands of the anti-narcotics police.

What is Mandrax

  • Mandrax is a synthetic drug that is created through the mixing of chemicals to produce the drug in a tablet form. This addictive pill remains the drug of choice for the largest parts of the South African population.
  • Mandrax, whose active ingredient is Methaqualone, was originally prescribed in the sixties and seventies as a sleeping aide, and came with additional medical benefits for high blood pressure and anxiety attacks.
  • Mandrax comes with a variety of unpleasant side effects due to its highly-addictive physical and psychological nature, leading users to depression along with some serious emotional problems.
  • Headaches, drastic weight-loss and stomach cramps, coupled with insomnia, aggression, toxic psychosis, loss of muscle control, and possible epileptic episodes, are all real dangers
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