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DCI Swoop In On 150 Cartons Of Miraa Hidden As Fine Beans At JKIA

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), on Tuesday, September 22, arrested six businessmen at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

In a statement through Twitter, the agency disclosed that the six attempted to sneak out miraa disguised as Fine Beans and Ravaya.

The Miraa had been packed in the motor vehicle with registration number KAW 122R at the Kenya Airways Cargo Export section before being intercepted by the officers.

DCI detectives inspect a miraa consignment at JKIA on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. /TWITTER

Upon checking, it was discovered that the cartons were filled with french beans and eggplant at the top with Miraa underneath.

“Acting on a tip off, security officers based at JKIA have intercepted a motor vehicle at the Airways Cargo Export section whereupon inspecting the contents of the 150 cartons that were labeled Fine Beans and Ravaya for export, it was established that the cartons contained French beans and eggplants at the top but had Khat (Miraa) concealed underneath,” reads the statement in part.

Businessmen behind the consignment were identified as Ahmed Habib, James Ngure, Duke Mutambo, Raphael Ngotho, Stephen Ngugi and Julius Mulwa.

DCI disclosed that the six were set to be arraigned in court to be charged accordingly.

In the same account of events last week, two foreigners attempting to fly off the country with suitcases containing 20KGs of Miraa were ideally nabbed at JKIA. They were identified as Bare Adam & Osman Mohamed.

The duo are to be charged with the offense of exporting concealed goods contrary to section 202(b) of the East African Community Customs Management Act, 2004.

According to the act, “A person who imports or exports any goods which are concealed in any way … commits an offense and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine equal to fifty percent of the value of the goods involved.”

Both arrests come as concerns mount over the increase in crime in some sections of the country due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The US Embassy in Kenya, in a statement shared on August 8, cited health, crime, and terrorism as the key reason behind a travel advisory the US had issued urging its citizens to reconsider travelling to Kenya.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the then level 3 notice recommended travellers to avoid nonessential travel as the situation was deemed as extremely risky.

The consulate further highlighted Nairobi neighborhoods of Eastleigh and Kibera as high-risk areas for kidnapping and crime.

Experts associate the increase in crime with increased unemployment rate that worsened under the pandemic which has dented the economy.

Some of the cartons nabbed by DCI detectives at JKIA on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. /TWITTER


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