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Tanzanian woman caught trafficking heroin worth Ksh. 15 Million


By Magi Kadzo

A Mombasa court has ordered the detention of a Tanzanian woman who was arrested for drug trafficking at Moi International Airport in Mombasa.

Maimuna Amir was arrested by a multi-agency team on Sunday with 5.3kg of heroin estimated to be worth Ksh.15 million.

Mombasa magistrate Vincent Adeti allowed police to detain Maimuna for three days to allow investigations.

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It is alleged that the suspect had travelled with the consignment from South Africa, through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hiding the substance in a false bottom and a false top of a suitcase.

She is said to have wrapped the heroin in four polythene sachets covered with curry powder and pepper to disguise the scent.

In February, police arrested four people on the accusation of trafficking two kilograms of heroin; two of them were Tanzanian nationals, who were arrested within Mombasa town while the other two were Kenyans, who were arrested in Old Town Mombasa.