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Mystery surrounds Sh5.3bn cocaine haul

Tuesday June 28 2011

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

Kenyans are yet to know who really was behind a consignment of 1.1 tonnes of cocaine impounded by the Anti Narcotics Police Unit and the Kenya Revenue officials in Nairobi and Malindi in December 2004.

The street value of the cocaine was put at Sh5.3 billion. The drug haul had been hidden in the refrigerated container’s false floor and packed in the fuel tanks of a speedboat ready for shipping.

Information back then was that the Kenyan authorities were informed by their international counterparts about the arrival of the suspicious containers, which had been rejected abroad.

The Kenyan authorities intercepted the containers in Nairobi and determined that the clearance had been fast-tracked.

The procedure is that containers are inspected and verified at the destination. But the two were opened and offloaded and their contents verified in Mombasa and at the Pepe inland container depot in Athi River by customs officials before being handed over to the owner for onward transmission to the godown.

Detectives and KRA then sought to know how such “marked” containers with the cocaine haul could have been cleared quickly without the use of detecting machines or sniffer dogs.

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As they looked for two brothers whose company had imported the speedboat, police said several politicians and senior civil servants might also be questioned to establish why such a large haul slipped into the country without being detected.

The cocaine haul was destroyed in April 2006, but lately, there have been reports that much of the drug was secretly replaced with flour before it was incinerated.