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Nairobi: Ugandan women arrested after scanner busts cocaine around trafficker’s privates

By Executive Editor

Two Ugandan women have been arrested in Nairobi over a botched drug trafficking deal.

The suspects have been identified as Harriet Asaba and Shirah Nangonzi. 

Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) confirmed the arrests in a statement below:

The arrest exposed their Ugandan supplier, A woman’s stratagem to traffick 57 pellets of cocaine to Madagascar by escaping the grip of our security apparatus at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport proved futile last night, when anti-narcotics detectives noted the nose candy stuffed in her undergarments and rerouted her travel itinerary to a police cell.

In the 10.30 p.m. interception, Apoko Damaris Adhiambo, 32, was flagged down at terminal A1’s central screening area, as she checked in to board a Kenya Airways KQ 256 flight to Antananarivo, Madagascar.

A body scanner at the checkpoint revealed suspicious items concealed around her privates, triggering a quick search that saw 600g of the highly addictive gak discovered. A spot test conducted on the discovery was positive for the cocaine product.

After a moment of interrogation by female anti-narcotics officers, Apoko revealed to have been recruited by a Ugandan national identified as Harriet Asaba who resided within the Kenyan Capital. 

Deploying forensic technologies, detectives traced Asaba to Accra Road in Nairobi CBD and effected her arrest.

In the painstaking pursuit to break the entire syndicate, the second suspect led officers  to Free Area Hotel building and into the VIP Beauty Shop, where a meticulous search was conducted and another 33 pellets of crack found.

Therein, three more suspects namely Nangonzi Shirah (a Ugandan national), Esther Wanjiru, 24 and Sophia Kathambi aged 24 were also rounded up.

Presumptive test on the second recovery also tested positive for Cocaine, weighing approximately 396 grams.

Whereas prosecution processes have been instigated on the arrested suspects, further investigations are ongoing jointly with the InterPol team to track down the recipients of the drugs at Antananarivo.

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