Police in Busia County arrested two women suspected of smuggling heroin from Kampala to Mombasa at the Busia One Stop Border post Friday night.
According to the county forensic crime scene officer Shem Othoo, the narcotic drug has an estimated street value of around Sh.20 million.
Confirming the incident Busia acting County Commissioner Kipchumba Ruto noted that the multi-agency security team managed to nab the two women after the digital scanner detected the substance which was well packed in the suitcase.
“While searching the checked-in bags of the two passengers a total of four sachets containing white powdery substances suspected to be narcotics was discovered,” said Ruto.
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Mumbi Mwaura aged 50 and her accomplice Sharon Kweyu aged 30 were found to be in possession of the two suitcases containing the substance and one digital weighing machine.
“The greyish suitcase belonged to a passenger Mwaura Mumbi, 50 who had been concealed the sachets in the false bottom of the suitcase in the vehicle’s boot, also the suitcase was a small digital weighing machine and a Kenyan National Identity Card number 37056363 belonging to Sharon Wanjora, 34, ” added Ruto.
The two are currently at Busia Police custody waiting to be arraigned in court after investigations and the substance being tested at government laboratories.
The arrest comes merely two days after the multi-agency security team blocked porous routes along the Kenya-Uganda border.