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Two Chinese nationals arrested at JKIA attempting to illegally export 5.5 tonnes of fish to China

At the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, police officials apprehended two Chinese nationals (JKIA). The two were apprehended on Thursday, February 24, while attempting to unlawfully transport 5.5 tonnes of fish to China through the JKIA cargo sector, according to airport authorities. The foreigners also failed to submit proper papers for the commodities’ exportation, according to the police. Before being carried to JKIA to be shipped, a shipment of live deep crabs valued Ksh11.4 million was housed at a storage facility in Utawala.

The two suspects are being held at the JKIA Police Station pending additional interrogation and investigation. Their passports have also been seized awaiting the outcome of the investigation. The package is also being held by police personnel at JKIA’s facility. Following an upsurge in incidences of natural resource smuggling, including as gold and ivory, security at JKIA has been ramped up recently. Travellers have also been apprehended with substantial sums of money for which they have not provided an account.
On Thursday, February 17, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Customs Officers apprehended a Kenyan who had arrived in the nation from Bujumbura, Burundi, with Ksh238 million. Following a mistaken declaration of the intended destination, the money was packed as a parcel containing $2 million dollars and seized. “Upon arrival, the passenger issued a currency declaration specifying the origin as Banque de Credit de Bujumbura (BCB) to a recipient Brinks Global Services, Kenya,” according to a statement from the taxman.
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