Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Thursday, December 10, arrested two businessmen who were en route to Dubai.
The two, Lithuanian nationals, were arrested after heroin approximated at 2Kgs was confiscated from their travel bags.
According to a statement by DCI, Stendelis Rokas and Brencius Karolis aged 20 and 30 years respectively, had concealed the heroin at the false bottoms of their suitcases.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
“The highly addictive hard drug was found during the procedural search on travellers’ belongings,” reads an excerpt of the statement.
They are both in custody as suspects of trafficking in narcotics, with further investigations ongoing before arraignment.
Currently, the law dictates that traffickers be fined Ksh1 million, or three times the market value of the drug coupled with life imprisonment.
Members of Parliament are seeking to pass a bill where drug traffickers will be forced to pay fines of up to Ksh50 million in addition to life imprisonment.
Manufacturers and police officers who traffic drugs and collude with peddlers will also face similar charges. The fines will vary depending on the quantity of the drug they will be accused of trafficking.
Possession of more than 101 gram (0.101kg) will attract the harshest of penalties, Ksh50 million and life imprisonment. 51-100 grams will see suspects fined not less than Ksh 30 million and a jail term of over 20 years.
“The principal object of the bill is to enhance penalties to the offence in possession and trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances,” Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange stated while tabling the bill.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s international arrivals terminus.