An Indian national was apprehended on Friday, April 22 after departing from Nairobi, Kenya with more than Sh300 million worth of heroin. Reports from Indian officials and media disclosed that the individual was captured at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport during a scheduled screening.
The suspect was caught carrying approximately three kilograms of heroin which is valued at Sh343 million or Rs 21 crore, although the price of this drug may vary depending on the country.
“The heroin was concealed in the false bottom of his bag,” said the Customs Department while releasing a statement about the arrest: “On the basis of spot profiling, Air Customs at IGIA, Delhi arrested an Indian national arriving from Nairobi & recovered approximately 3 kg of heroin valued at Rs 21 crores.”
Following this discovery, the police took the suspect into custody while the heroin was seized as evidence for the ongoing investigation. There is now growing concern about airport screening procedures and calls for heightened vigilance as drug smuggling through Africa continues to escalate.
In addition to this incident, a team from the Delhi Police had arrested three Africans last month for their involvement in an international narcotic drug cartel, seizing 14.5 kg of drugs valued at over Rs 60 crore. In February, an airline attendant from Kenya was also arrested at Mumbai airport with 22.94 kilograms of heroin in a passenger’s luggage connecting flights from Zimbabwe. Shockingly, the luggage remained unchecked at the airport.
Last week, a Kenyan woman was arrested in Ghana with Sh41 million worth of cocaine from Kenya. She was caught during a routine check at the Kotoka International Airport. Her suitcase contained different food packets concealing the narcotics.
On April 9, another Kenyan woman was arrested in Hong Kong for smuggling one kilogram of a narcotic substance believed to be cocaine. The drug was hidden inside 67 pellets within the woman’s body and had an estimated street value of HK$900,000 (Sh15.4 million), according to Hong Kong police.
It is vital to note that illegal drug trafficking is prohibited in India as per the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985; a person cannot produce, manufacture, cultivate, possess, sell, purchase, transport, store or consume any narcotic drug. Similarly, in Kenya, cocaine, heroin, opium, and cannabis all fall under the list of banned substances.