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Five arrested in botched cocaine trafficking

Kenyan detectives bust drug trafficking network, arrest five suspects

Apoko Damaris Adhiambo, 32 was headed to Madagascar (DCI)

Detectives have arrested a Kenyan woman at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and seized 57 pellets of Cocaine stuffed in her undergarments.

The woman was headed to Madagascar when Anti-Narcotics Unit police intercepted her on Tuesday night.

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“In the 10.30 pm interception, Apoko Damaris Adhiambo, 32 was flagged down at terminal A1’s central screening area, as she checked in to board Kenya Airways KQ 256 flight to Antananarivo, Madagascar” the DCI said in a statement on X.

“A body scanner at the checkpoint revealed suspicious items concealed around her privates, triggering a quick search that saw 600g of the hard drugs discovered. A spot test conducted on the discovery was positive for the coca product” the statement added.

The sleuths made more arrests after the suspect upon interrogation revealed her drug network.

Apoko exposed her boss, a Ugandan national identified as Harriet Asaba who was arrested and more narcotics were impounded.

“Deploying forensic technologies, detectives traced Asaba to Accra Road in Nairobi CBD and effected her arrest. In the painstaking pursuit to break the entire syndicate, the second suspect led officers to Free Area Hotel building and into the VIP Beauty Shop, where a meticulous search was conducted and another 33 pellets of crack found” DCI added.

Three more suspects namely Nangonzi Shirah (a Ugandan national), Esther Wanjiru, 24 and Sophia Kathambi aged 24 were also rounded up.

A presumptive test on the second recovery also tested positive for Cocaine, weighing approximately 396 grams.

Whereas prosecution processes have been instigated on the arrested suspects, further investigations are ongoing jointly with the InterPol team to track down the recipients of the drugs at Antananarivo.










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