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BY CORRESPONDENT,ELDORET,28TH APRIL 2018-Police have nabbed three Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers in possession of narcotics trafficked in the country.Also arrested was an official of the Poisons board .
The officers was arrested with 80, 000 capsules of Mandrax suspected to have been trafficked from Dubai to Kenya.
Confirming the arrest, Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Mongo Chimwaga said that the consignment was diverted to the Eldoret International Airport from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
“On the April 16, 2018 a consignment was impounded here following its suspicious nature. We have a multi-agency committee comprising of about 15 government agencies who operate together during verification of any cargo coming in through the airport. On the material day, this suspicious contraband was flagged,” Mr Chimwaga told journalists at the airport.
Mr Chimwaga said investigating officers also used a sniffer dog to confirm their suspicions.
“On April 17, 2018 the samples were picked and taken to the government chemist. The officers have been waiting for those results to be brought back. In the meantime, this cargo had been taken into a strongroom to await those results,” he added .
The KRA officers were later arrested, with police claiming that they were not cooperating with the investigating team.
“We are also trying to see if there is any local distribution network for some of these drugs in this region. We also want to look at what has been going on previously. We have heard that drugs have been impounded within Eldoret town and we are trying to see if there is a connection between the previous incidents and this one,” he said.
He said the importer of the consignment has also been arrested in Nairobi.
“The net is spreading faster. That is why we are saying that any local networks around here are still being followed up on,” he said.
He further revealed that security officers were examining the paper trail indicated that the consignment was supposed to land at JKIA but was diverted from Dubai, ending up in Eldoret.
“So the investigations are still on and what we are doing here is part of the larger investigation. Each of the 10 nabbed cartons has 16 smaller sachets inside it and each of those sachets has 50 smaller packets and each packet has 10 capsules, and that is the figure you have heard of 80, 000 capsules,” Mr Chimwaga explained.
He said that anti-narcotics team will be taking charge of the consignment before they are transported to Nairobi by some other government agencies.
Speaking at the same time, Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said that as a regional government they will not allow trading of drugs in the area.