Ghanaian authorities arrest Kenyan woman with Sh40 million cocaine

April 19, 2023

The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) of Ghana on Saturday, April 15 arrested a Kenyan national for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine.

Mary Njeri, 35, was intercepted at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra during routine checks at the arrival hall after disembarking from a South African Airways flight from Nairobi to Accra via Johannesburg.

A statement from the Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) in Ghana said she was carrying 11.04 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth Sh41 million ($309,120).

“A search of her luggage revealed packages of Cremora food that contained the concealed drugs. Preliminary questioning revealed that she had confirmed possession of the consignment in her luggage, and she was later arrested for further investigation,” NACOC said in its report.

The exhibits were sent to the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) for analysis and report, while Njeri 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 warned.

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