Six Somali women arrested attempting to smuggle Ksh103 million cash at JKIA
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) customs agents have arrested six Somali women at JKIA attempting to smuggle USD857,300 (KSh103 million) from India.
The suspects, Hafsa Warsame Kuresha, Abdi Hassan Arfon, Abdi Farah Sarah Ahmen Omar, Hassan Habiba Abdi, and Hodhan Mohammed, were apprehended on Thursday after landing on Ethiopian Airlines flight number ET 318.
According to the KRA officials, the cash was located after they scanned the luggage in their possession.
“On 6th October 2022, while clearing Ethiopian Airline flight Number ET 318, some six women of Somali origin arrived at the Customs area. They had with them luggage containing shoes and clothes. As usual, the bags were scanned to establish what they contained,” KRA said in a statement.
“The images showed items that looked like currency. Upon secondary verification, it was confirmed that the luggage contained us currency amounting to 857,300USD.”
The agency said the intercepted cash has now been deposited in the customs warehouse.
Late last month, the Ethiopian Customs Commission confiscated 97 kg of cocaine worth more than Ksh 1.7 billion at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The traveller, who flew from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), to Addis Ababa, was apprehended by the Customs Commission Airport Branch while attempting to smuggle 97.48 kilograms of cocaine in two suitcases.