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Kenyan woman arrested in Ghana with Sh40 million cocaine



A Kenyan woman who allegedly tried to smuggle 11.04 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth Sh41 million ($309,120) is currently being held in detention in Ghana.

The 35-year-old woman, known as Mary Njeri, was detained on April 15 at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The woman was detained following a routine check in the arrival hall after disembarking a South African Airways trip from Nairobi to Accra via Johannesburg, according to a statement from Ghana’s Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC).

“A search of her luggage revealed packets of Cremora food containing the hidden drugs. Preliminary questioning revealed that she had confirmed possession of the consignment in her luggage and she was later arrested for further investigation,” the statement read in part.

NACOC added that the exhibits have been sent to the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) for analysis and report, while the suspect is being detained in prison pending further investigation and prosecution.

“We wish to use this medium to remind the general public that the possession and transportation of illicit drugs without lawful authority is illegal and punishable under sections 40 (1) and 41 (1) of Act 1019 of the Narcotics Control Commission Act 2020,” NACOC added.

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