A team of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers have seized a narcotics package sent from China to an address in Kisumu County in western Kenya through an international courier company.
The officers from the KRA Customs and Border Control Division intercepted the package at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport DHL warehouses here Wednesday and managed to seize the one-kilogramme parcel containing a narcotic substance suspected to be heroin.
Confirming 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 pens.
Security agencies from the Anti-Narcotics Unit have taken over the investigation of the case, he said.
All parcels and letters shipping through any of the local entry points, he added, would continue to be subjected to mandatory screening procedures.
Unlike in previous instances where such seizures had largely been on outbound (export) parcels, the interception Wednesday, was of 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.