DCI searching for suspect who attempted to smuggle methamphetamine through JKIA

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Tuesday seized a consignment of 1.15 kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of Ksh 9.2 million after an unidentified suspect attempted to smuggle it through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

In a statement, the DCI confirmed that the drugs were hidden in a package stored in an even larger package that was later recovered from a warehouse located near the premises.

According to the DCI, the seizure followed information from members of the public. The DCI, in coordination with detectives from the anti-narcotics unit, subsequently launched an operation to seize the drugs.

“The seizure of the drugs, estimated to be worth Sh9.2 million, followed a tip-off to the anti-narcotics detectives based at JKIA yesterday, prompting a search inside the warehouse,” the statement read in part.

Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Directorate along Kiambu Road

Simon Kiragu

Following the raid, detectives launched a search for the suspect, who was still at large at the time of publication.

“The investigation is ongoing to identify the trafficker and the intended destination,” the statement reads in part.

According to the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NACADA), methamphetamine (meth) is a harmful drug that affects the central nervous system.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) describes it as a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that dissolves easily in water or alcohol. It can be smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally and is often used with other substances.

A report released in May by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a U.S.-based organization, states that methamphetamine can cause significant health problems that can sometimes result in death.

Users may experience a temporary feeling of increased euphoria, alertness, and energy. This is because methamphetamine increases the amount of dopamine, a natural chemical, in the brain.

The report further explains that dopamine is a chemical involved in body movement, motivation and the reinforcement of rewarding behaviors.

The drug also increases blood pressure and heart and breathing rates.

The most addicted users often experience anxiety, paranoia, aggression, hallucinations and mood swings.

NACADA President Stephen Kiptoem Mairori addresses the press on 8 September 2023.



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