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Police seize half a tonne of dry miraa packed as tea leaves for export

Detectives on Monday seized 500 kilograms of  ‘dry khat’ packed in 52 bags that was concealed as packets of tea leaves.

The consignment was intercepted at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) during screening while headed to United States, Australia, and Austria.

The narcotics was seized after the Kenya Revenue Authority issued a seizure notice on the goods.

Last week, detectives intercepted heroin weighing approximately 12 kilograms at the same airport. The heroin was concealed in two radio speakers and declared as traditional baskets and sandals.

It was delivered at the airport by a clearing agent for export to Monrovia- Liberia.

In March, police at JKIA arrested a Nigerian national after she was found trafficking drugs believed to be heroin. She was found with 92 pellets of suspected narcotics concealed in plastic bottles containing milk.

In February detectives seized five kilos of heroin and arrested a major heroin trafficker in Westlands. The drugs was concealed in paws paw fruits.