Police seize heroin being ferried from Arusha to Nairobi
Anti-narcotics police on Friday evening seized two packets of suspected heroin that was being ferried in a minibus plying the Arusha – Nairobi route.
Police had been tipped off about the package and trailed the minibus from the Namanga border point. They intercepted the minibus near Isinya town.
The minibus was then escorted to Isinya police station, where upon a search, the two packets were found in the luggage of a Kenyan woman only referred as Ms Osamo.
The two packets, weighing over five kilogrammes, were found hidden in a bag that was on the rooftop carrier.
Occupants of the van, who included tourists, appeared shocked by news of the drug bust.
Samples of the package were tested at the police station and the entire haul carried away to the anti-narcotics headquarters in Nairobi.
Isinya OCS Stanley Wanyoike confirmed that they had indeed found a substance that is suspected to be heroin.
Two suspects were held and the minibus detained at the Isinya police station.
The Namanga border point is a notorious conduit for drugs, with bhang being the most trafficked drug. The bhang is usually transported in high end Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).